Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is working on legislation to prevent future shortages of flu vaccine by improving inspection of vaccine manufacturing; authorizing emergency procedures for flu vaccine allocation; enhancing research; and improving the Food and Drug Administration's review process for new vaccines. The legislation was described in a news release from Dingell's office. Dingell's office said an estimated cost was not available, and the bill would not be introduced until the next session of Congress. A Senate bill introduced earlier this month would deem a flu vaccine shortage, such as the current one, a "public health emergency" and authorize federal steps to ensure that priority groups receive vaccine first. The bill is awaiting action in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. -- by Jeff Tieman
House bill in works to address vaccine shortages
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