Medicine: Vaccine Grey Market

As word of the vaccine trouble flashed across the country (see above), public-health officials were forced into a mad scramble trying to retrieve all Cutter vaccine. In the process, they turned up an unappetizing picture of some doctors who had handed out the vaccine as they pleased, without regard for suggested priorities.

About 1,000,000 shots of the Cutter vaccine had been shipped, and 300,000 given to children in mass inoculation programs. But the company was one of those that had shipped out a few thousand other doses for commercial distribution as a come-on to win doctors' goodwill. To New York went some...

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