This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
“We do have a vaccine that works.”
– Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Federal health officials said this week that the swine flu vaccine boosts patients’ immunity faster than expected – which came as good news to all 12 Americans who have been able to secure a dose.
The vaccine – especially the injectable type sought after by some of the most at-risk populations – is proving more elusive this fall than Michael Jackson and Kate Gosselin costumes.
The federal government assured the country last summer that vaccine companies could produce 80 million to 120 million doses by mid-October. Only 22 million are available so far.