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Illinois looks for flu vaccine overseas

Posted - Oct. 25, 2004 at 3:20 p.m.



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SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Oct 25, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Acting FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford says the federal government will "expeditiously" evaluate Illinois' request to buy flu vaccine from Europe.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich sent Crawford a letter Monday asking for permission to buy flu vaccine from European manufacturers at $7 a dose. He also asked for $210,000 in funding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pay for the extra vaccine.

Blagojevich said the shipment would be directed toward Illinois nursing homes which care for about 100,000 seniors. The state has only received about 36,000 doses of vaccine.

If the CDC refuses the requests, the state will cover all costs itself, the governor said.

Some 46 million additional doses of flu vaccine to be provided by the California-based Chiron Corp. were condemned because of bacterial contamination at the company's factory in Liverpool, England.

Blagojevich said the 30,000 doses the state wants to purchase were produced by Aventis Pasteur's plant in Lyon, France, and were to be used for people in Europe and Canada.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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