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H1N1 Vaccine Manufacturers Defend Vaccine Production

November 18, 2009
by Jane Norman, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor
CQ Healthbeat

Manufacturers of the H1N1 influenza vaccine summoned to appear before a congressional committee on Wednesday defended their production of the vaccine and said they were prompt in informing federal officials of problems in manufacturing.

Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, said that supply shortages, the economic recession and an approach in which states and cities determined who should get vaccinated first all have contributed to confusion about vaccine availability among members of the public. Local officials "received constantly shifting information about how much vaccine would be available and when," said Levi. "This makes setting parameters for vaccine administration very difficult."

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