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Swine Flu Vaccine / Problems #246656

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 28, 1976
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(Studio) Developer of a polio vaccine, Dr. Albert Sabin, says mass immunization no longer possible. He recommends swine flu vaccination program be abandoned except for high-risk persons. House subcommittee hearing held with regard to insurance company's refusal to provide liability for vaccine mfrs.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Fort Dix, New Jersey) Ins. companies feel swine flu vaccine plans are too large and moving too fast to insure drug mfrs. [Pharmaceutical Mfrs. Association C. Joseph STETLER - notes what could go wrong even if the vaccine was perfect.] Company that will make 1/2 of the vaccine, Parke-Davis, mistakenly made 2-3 million doses of wrong vaccine. Critics question vaccine-making process. [Govt. scientist's attorney James TURNER - notes dangers of vaccine - making process.] [Virologist Dr. E.D. KILBOURNE - notes safeguards taken by drug company] Tests show there's no safe and reliable way to vaccinate those below age of 25 with 1 shot. Vaccine effectiveness measured at 50-90%. Some doctors say shots should be postponed until epidemic occurs. British scientists say swine flu no worse than other kinds of flu and unlikely to start epidemic. American officials committed to program.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

Cronkite, Walter;
Engberg, Eric

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