Or maybe not an update but more of the same. First it was an approaching pandemic that had health officials screaming that everyone should be vaccinated as soon as possible. The problem with that advice, even if you believed in the importance of getting the shot, was that no vaccine was available. By the time the shot became available for the general public; many people had already had the swine flu, or had lost the sense of urgency to be vaccinated. Now an article on the swine flu vaccine at the Boston Globe says that much of the vaccine went unused and has expired. Forty percent or more of what the government ordered will be destroyed.
Now the position of the health “experts”, like the CDC spokesman in this swine flu video, was not a position I would want to be in. If they had not pushed the vaccine and the pandemic had occurred, they would have lost face. Having ordered the vaccine as they did and now having to destroy much of it, they have lost face in the opposite direction. Sort of a heads you win, tails I lose proposition for the vaccine manufacturers though, who were the only real winners in the whole debacle. Now what will happen next year if the predictions of a resurgence of this flu pan out? One thing that is for certain, the manufacturers will once again be in a no lose situation. What is the solution though?
If the vaccine had been available in a timely fashion, I bet most of us would have gone in for the shot. If it had not been available and we had suffered through a bad pandemic, we probably would have been screaming for the heads of the health officials that misjudged the pandemic. Now that is a no win situation.