Picture Left:Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Pandemic Flu Preparedness. At left is Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
FDA approves new swine flu vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration approved the new swine flu vaccine Tuesday, a long-anticipated step as the government works to start mass vaccinations next month. Limited supplies should start trickling out the first week of October-about a week earlier than expected, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress. Then about 45 million doses should arrive around Oct. 15, followed by more shipments each week.She said they'll be available at up to 90,000 sites, including schools and clinics, across the U.S. that state health departments have chosen as best at getting the shots out fast.Eventually, "we will have enough vaccine available for everyone," Sebelius said. Everyone who wants it, that is.The government has ordered 195 million doses but may order more if there's enough demand, she said....