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Vaccine Shortage Highlights Need for Government Involvement in Public Health

Newswise — What does the flu vaccine shortage have in common with the September 11 terrorist attacks? They are both the consequence of America’s aversion to “big government,” says Swarthmore College economist Mark Kuperberg.

The way to avoid future repeats of the vaccine shortage, Kuperberg argues, is government action on two fronts: one, extending to flu vaccine manufacturers the protection afforded to makers of childhood vaccines under the National Vaccine Compensation Fund and, two, mechanisms similar to those used in agriculture that protect manufacturers from getting stuck with unused supplies.

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