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Medicine: Swine Flu / Vaccine / Schools / Drugs #950962

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009
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(Studio: Katie Couric) Education Department statistics cited on school closings due to the H1N1 swine flu cited.

(Chicago: Dean Reynolds) The impact of the flu on schools while vaccine programs are in doubt featured; scenes shown from a closed Chicago suburban school. [St. Charles school district supt. Don SCHLOMANN†- cites the number of ill students & the spread of the flu.] [Student Bridget MITCHELL†, KID, mother Anne CLAUD†- comment.] Map shown of states with closed schools. [Secretary of Education Arne DUNCAN†- outlines the negative things that happen when schools close.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.

(Washington: Wyatt Andrews) A CBS News follow-up on the availability of experimental drugs {Tamiflu, Relenza & the antiviral Peramivir} for treating the flu presented; details given about the need for the FDA to approve the release of Peramivir. [Senator Joseph LIEBERMAN - raises questions.] [HHS Secretary Kathleen SEBELIUS - responds.] [H1N1 survivor John BOUDROT†- says he is lucky.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Photo of the face of Sebelius, who had minor skin cancer surgery, shown.

Couric, Katie;
Reynolds, Dean;
Andrews, Wyatt

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