Exclusive: Sebelius Says H1N1 Vaccine To Be Released Earlier Than Expected

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Sep 13, 2009 9:36am

Amid concerns that H1N1 swine flu vaccine will come too late this flu season, Health and Human Services Secretary told me this morning on ‘This Week’ that the vaccine will be available by the first week of October, 2 weeks earlier than previously expected.

“We are on track to have an ample supply rolling out by mid October, but we may have some early vaccine as early as the first full week in October. And we plan to get the vaccine rolling out the door as fast as it hits the production line.”

This week, DHHS released new research showing that one dose of the H1N1 vaccine will be enough to protect people from the virus rather than multiple doses.

“The earlier doses are probably going to be targeted to health care workers and other high priority groups, but the one dose means that people will be able to have a robust response in about 10- days of getting that first shot and that’s incredibly helpful,” Sebelius said.
Watch our full exchange HERE.

-George Stephanopoulos

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