Small Pox Vaccine Shortage? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/6/02

Small Pox Vaccine Shortage?

There are about 15 million doses of the Small Pox Vaccine if Americans need it. That sounds like a lot, but when you consider that there are about 280 million people in this country, that means we could have a problem.

Government researchers say now that they may have a solution to the shortage. Researchers have been testing a diluted version of the immunization and say early results look promising. They say their findings suggest that they can already expand the supplies to cover at least 75 million people.

Meanwhile, the government is moving ahead to build up the supply with plans to manufacture about 200 million new vaccine doses to supplement the old stockpile and cover the entire U.S. population if need be. The newly manufactured vaccine is forecast to be available by year's end.

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