Angry New Yorker

Friday, October 15, 2004
The stupidity never fails to amaze...

Today's news media is filled with stories about the flu vaccine shortage -- all, of course, skirting the real story as to why we have a shortage and have to source our vaccine from the U.K. (but that would involve an indepth report of U.S. govt fixed-pricing for vaccines and tort liability, so it's much better simply to run pictures of people waiting in lines for shots). Most years you can't give flu shots away. Mayor Bloomberg today noted in past years he repeatedly urged people to go get flu shots to no avail. Now, suddenly, it's a case of reverse psychology -- we're short of vaccine and so everyone predictably wants a shot. Essh. Maybe being a hermit isn't such a bad thing sometimes. "Mr. Wilson, where are you!!!"

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