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Resource ID: #18960
Subject: Health
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Date: 2001-02-26



A three-month investigation by the Chronicle found that the massive effort to provide flu shots for the public in 2000 resulted in a large number of healthy young Americans receiving shots while the elderly and those with chronic illness had to wait for their shots. The Chronicle also found that when the flu vaccine was available to those most vulnerable to the flu, the price was dramatically inflated. The paper's examination also found that the government is unable to reallocate flu vaccine, which is distributed privately, and that the FDA contributed to a vaccine shortage by holding up production on certain vaccines.

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