Don’t rush vaccine to market: Expert

A choir of voices is calling for Canada to speed up the start of itspandemic flu vaccination program. Interestingly, though, some of thecountry’s leading public health and infectious diseases experts aren’tsinging the same tune.

A choir of voices is calling for Canada to speed up the start of its pandemic flu vaccination program. Interestingly, though, some of the country’s leading public health and infectious diseases experts aren’t singing the same tune.

A number of them say the benefits that might be gained from releasing pandemic vaccine under emergency use provisions may not be worth the risk of sowing distrust of the vaccine among members of the public.

“Because given it’s a new virus vaccine, given it’s an adjuvant we haven’t used before, given the disease is relatively mild, I want to feel confident that when we roll out the vaccine that the checks and balances are in place and that we’ve got decent safety data and decent efficacy data before it goes out,” said Dr. Michael Gardam, director of infectious diseases prevention and control at the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion.

 
 
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