H1N1 egg delay slowing vaccine production - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


H1N1 egg delay slowing vaccine production

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Many experts now say it was a mistake for the government to promise 100 million doses would be available by now. Instead, there is less than one fifth that amounts available.

"Those projections have always been exceptionally rosy and really depended on everything happening precisely correctly which is almost never the case with this particular virus," said Gregory Poland, MD with the Mayo Clinic.

One problem is that this particular virus grows in eggs at one fifth the rate of a typical flu virus. That is drastically slowing down production of the vaccine. So much that some are now predicting adequate amounts of the H1N1 vaccine won't be available until next year.

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