Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A Vaccinated Chicken in Every Pot

This is interesting.

I've been following the discussions on vaccine production on NPR radio, among other sources. The conscensus seems to be that it's not possible to gear up the vaccine-producing infrastructure around the world to head off HN51. I'm guessing there are 7 billion or so on the planet. But here we have China planning to vaccinate 14 billion chickens and ducks. How? Even given the difference in dosage size, and relaxation of quality control, this is still a huge production and logistics problem. Is there some leap in production capability we should be studying for efficacy on human population? What about preemptively vaccinating hogs?