Pounds Of Prevention

The Clintons promote childhood vaccinations -- and blast drugmakers

FINALLY, PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON HAS UNVEILED a program not likely to be controversial: a $300 million initiative to spur vaccinations against childhood diseases. About half of U.S. two-year-olds have not received all their shots; in the western hemisphere, only Bolivia and Haiti have poorer records. The money will create a national system to keep track of immunizations and will enable public clinics to work longer hours and buy more vaccines. Clinton stopped short, though, of a $700 million proposal to guarantee free shots to all kids.

The drive to immunize is a priority of Hillary Rodham Clinton's. At a conference in...

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