Medicine: Vaccine Snafu (Contd.)

The polio vaccine program was hopelessly bogged down. Supplies of double-checked vaccine were running out even faster than the sands of time remaining before schoolterm's end and the height of the epidemic season. The Public Health Service was not releasing any newly made vaccine. Last week it was not even releasing rechecked vaccine on hand, made by two manufacturers (Pitman-Moore Co. and Wyeth Inc.). The shortage was bound to get worse. At week's end, PHS was reported considering new, stricter testing procedures that would in effect call off the whole program this season....

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