CDC concedes vaccine production behind schedule

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

October 21, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top-ranking official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says production of a vaccine for swine flu virus is behind schedule and people should take precautionary steps to prevent its spread.

Dr. Anne Schuchat said "more vaccine is coming out every day" but production isn't where it was expected to be at this juncture. Interviewed on CBS's "The Early Show" Wednesday, Schuchat said "we wish we had more vaccine, but unfortunately the virus and the production of the vaccine aren't really cooperating."

For people anxious about getting their vaccinations, she said officials expect "widespread availability" by mid-November. Schuchat heads the Atlanta-based CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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