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Vials of swine flu vaccine stolen in Olympia WA

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Authorities are trying to determine who swiped two vials of the H1N1 vaccine from a hospice facility, taking about 20 doses of the swine flu vaccine.

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office was investigating the case on Tuesday. An employee at Providence Sound Home Car and Hospice discovered the two stolen vials and a compromised third vial. They were believed to be stolen late last week.

There were 10 doses of the vaccine in each vial, at a value of about $3,000. The vaccine was intended for health care workers and was kept in an unlocked refrigerator.

Thurston County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chris Mealy says investigators don't know if whoever stole it tried to sell it or vaccinate themselves or their friends. He tells KING-TV, "I don't have any idea why anybody would steal it."

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/6420ap_w ... tolen.html

20 doses in each vial, 2 vials = 40 doses at a value of $3000.00 = $75.00 per dose. OR if I misunderstood
20 doses in each vial at a value of $3000.00 = $150.00 per dose.
Is this what the government is paying for the vaccine that it is giving away? Not a comment, just a question.

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an earlier article which I thought I had posted

Truck Carrying Flu Vaccine Supply Is Stolen


By MONICA DAVEY
Published: November 6, 2009

CHICAGO — The swine flu vaccine has become a coveted commodity all over the country, but someone in Milwaukee appeared at first glance to carry the notion to a new level this week, stealing off in a refrigerated truck that was hauling 930 of the prized doses.

The doses were being returned to Milwaukee’s main storage facility on Thursday evening after a public vaccination clinic when one or more people took off in the truck, which had been left idling and unattended only for moments, the authorities said.

The police found the truck 40 minutes later, and said the crime appeared to have been inspired more by the easily available vehicle than by the H1N1 vaccine inside. In fact, the vaccine was all found, apparently untouched and perhaps even unnoticed.

The doses will now be sent back to their manufacturers, although Milwaukee, like seemingly every other city, has plenty of people hoping to get one. “Given that it was out of our chain of custody, we cannot validate the integrity of that vaccine,” said Bevan K. Baker, the city health commissioner.

As prosecutors considered charges against a man suspected in the theft, there was other fallout: the department will no longer employ the transport company involved, Mr. Baker said, and trucks bearing H1N1 doses will now be escorted by a police squad car.

“We’re prepared to give this precious cargo its appropriate resting place” — in arms and noses, he said

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/07/us/07truck.html

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Just a thought - from the above article:

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The swine flu vaccine has become a coveted commodity all over the country, but someone in Milwaukee appeared at first glance to carry the notion to a new level this week, stealing off in a refrigerated truck that was hauling 930 of the prized doses.

The doses were being returned to Milwaukee’s main storage facility on Thursday evening after a public vaccination clinic


Just an observation - the swine flu vaccine is supposed to be in short supply; stories are being printed of long lines for a short supply, but at a public vaccination clinic there were 930 extra doses left. Hmmmm??? Any thoughts?

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20 doses in each vial, 2 vials = 40 doses at a value of $3000.00 = $75.00 per dose. OR if I misunderstood
20 doses in each vial at a value of $3000.00 = $150.00 per dose.
Is this what the government is paying for the vaccine that it is giving away? Not a comment, just a question.



there's 10 doses in each vial. and my take is that the two vials together (20 doses in all) were valued at $3,000. or about $150 a dose. in our area, vax's (if even available) are advertised at $25 each.

so, taxpayers are actually paying $125 per shot? yikes!


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