The Pentagon’s announcement Friday that it would provide H1N1 vaccinations to Guantanamo Bay detainees who ask for it is a terrible decision.
The White House should immediately cancel the program to ensure Americans are able to receive those vaccinations first, added Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.).
“I don’t know if detainees at Gitmo should never be given the H1N1 vaccine,” Pence told CNN during an interview. “But, certainly, at a time of such acute shortages, again, involving American citizens… I think the administration should immediately suspend the plan to deploy H1N1 vaccines to terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay, until such a time that sufficient vaccinations are made available to the American public.”
The Pentagon explained on Friday that it was offering the vaccine to detainees only because prison populations are at high risk for spreading the pandemic, which has so far sickened hundreds of thousands at home and abroad. (And if they all died, that would be a bad thing?) But that rationale hardly satisfied lawmakers from both political parties, who almost immediately questioned why the United States would ship those supplies to Gitmo while U.S. care providers struggled at home to cope with temporary vaccine shortages.
“As long as Americans must wait to receive the vaccine, the detainees in Guantanamo Bay should not be given preferential treatment to receive the H1N1 vaccination,” Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) wrote in a letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh on Friday.THE HILL
Hard-to-Find Swine Flu Vaccine Going to Some Who Are Not in High-Risk Groups
Los Angeles (AP) – It was bound to happen: Some people who aren’t at high risk for swine flu complications got the much-in-demand vaccine.
Sometimes they were healthy adults or senior citizens instead of kids, pregnant women and people with health problems.
And sometimes, they are going to Islamic Terrorists.
Across the country, thousands have waited in line and many have been turned away, as manufacturers have trickled out the slow-to-produce vaccine. The vaccine shortfall prompted Wisconsin state health officials this week to remind local health agencies “to strongly encourage” announcements about the limited vaccine supply and the focus on vaccinating high-risk groups first. CNS NEWS
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