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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 11:24 AM
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Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, but admitted sending live flu viruses to subcontractor
The OMFG moment of the century: Illinois-based Baxter working on vaccine to 'stop' swine flu outbreak in Mexico 25 Apr 2009 Specialty drug maker Baxter International Inc. will work with the World Health Organization to develop a vaccine that could stem an outbreak of a deadly swine flu strain in Mexico. Baxter spokesman Christopher Bona said Saturday that the Deerfield, Ill.-based company has asked the WHO for a sample of the flu strain. He says Baxter has patented technology that allows the company to develop vaccines in half the time it usually takes -- about 13 weeks instead of 26.

http://www.legitgov.org/baxter_flu_vaccine_260409.html
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 11:25 AM
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1. You have to have the live virus to make a vaccine - how else can you do it?
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 11:28 AM
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2. I think the point is why trust a subcontractor
after all the shit we have gone through in Iraq.

At least that's how I took it. :shrug:
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 11:31 AM
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3. Since when do we rely on the Govt to develop vaccines?
Hasn't it always been "subcontracted"? Unless its some DOD thing, I would think so.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 11:47 AM
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It has to go to a subtractor because they have the equipment and expertise
this isn't a subcontractor like Halliburtin. Safe effective vaccine development requires expertise and "clean" factories.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 11:47 AM
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5. It has to go to a subtractor because they have the equipment and expertise
this isn't a subcontractor like Halliburtin. Safe effective vaccine development requires expertise and "clean" factories.
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 11:39 AM
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4. Stimulus money out there.
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