Friday, January 28, 2005

Ill. Unable to Sell Its Extra Flu Vaccine

Some Blagojevich grandstanding has blown up in his face....

From AP via Yahoo:

CHICAGO - Illinois has been unable to sell any of the 700,000 doses of flu vaccine that Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other state and city governments agreed to buy from Europe, raising the possibility taxpayers could get stuck paying for unused vaccine.

New York City and Cleveland officials who signed onto the deal now say they don't need their share — and don't want to pay for them.

Illinois put the doses on the market in December after New York City asked the state to resell the 200,000 flu vaccine doses it had agreed to buy for $10 each. Cleveland officials said they told Illinois earlier this month they no longer wanted the 4,500 doses they requested at a price of about $11 each.

However, Blagojevich spokeswoman Abby Ottenhoff said anyone that signed onto the deal is responsible for paying their share of the more than $6 million price for the vaccines.
On Thursday, the government all but dropped its flu vaccine restrictions, encouraging states with ample supplies to offer shots to anyone who wants one. More than half the states have already dropped all their restrictions.

After last fall's vaccine shortage, the government had said flu shots should be reserved for elderly people, babies and those with chronic medical conditions.

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