Idaho Examiner - Sen. Larry Craig News Releases

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Legislation seeks increase of vaccine production
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Idaho Senator Larry Craig joined Indiana Senator Evan Bayh today in introducing the Flu Protection Act of 2005. Craig and Bayh authored the legislation, which seeks to encourage increased production of influenza vaccines in the United States.

“We dodged a bullet this year because we had a mild flu season,” said
Craig. “We won’t always be so fortunate, and that’s what this legislation
is about. The United States is disturbingly underprepared to deal with
either a massive outbreak of the flu or a sudden shortage of vaccine, and we
cannot hope to skate by any longer.”

The Flu Protection Act offers a tax credit to vaccine manufacturers who build new facilities or expand their current production capabilities in the United States. It would also allow the federal government to purchase an amount of unused doses at the end of the flu season to lessen the current economic disincentives to vaccine manufacturers.

The bill will also seek to improve outreach and education about the importance of flu vaccination.

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