Do you remember the total screw-up with Park Davis during the 1976 vaccine program?
It was all over the news, there was this huge picture of Hank Meyer, the chief of the bureau of Biologics with his sleeve rolled up, receiving a shot from Ted Cooper, the asst. chief of H&HS.
The headline read "Cooper fires the first shot against the swine flu.....yadda, yadda....."
Funny thing is, well, it's not funny...it's more scary than anything.
The vaccine Cooper injected into Dr. Meyer was made (erroneously) by Park Davis, when scientists developed the strain labeled "A-swine-1976-31."
Regrettably, the strain, which encompassed 2 million doses, was actually isolated from pig #'1976'....and '31' was the year the strain was isolated....
.....can you say...OOPS.
I mean, gad, the wrong strain, they went so far as to develop 2 million doses and never even checked.
Then all those deaths.
The IOM has archived the official report. I'll dig around & see if I can find it in HTML.