When thinking about this here vaccine shortage, it's hard not to remember these stirring words from the harebrained, spiritually repulsive GOP dimwit Debbie Riddle (R-Texas):
Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes straight out of the pit of hell.The gag is, BushCo's now reduced to pleading with the socialist weasels who run the third-world nation of Canada, in hopes they'll give us some of their dangerous, untrustworthy medicines.
[I]n Canada, they've got a secure supply of flu vaccine. Dr. John Carsley, Montreal Public Health said, "Purchased by the Provincial governments and made available to people at high risk and their entourage free of charge so obviously we can't offer that to the Americans because its targeted at our high risk population."Meanwhile, according to the LA Times,
Thirty-six thousand Americans die of the flu every year. If that number rises by just a tenth because we have only half as much flu vaccine as we need, the increase in deaths will exceed the number killed by Osama bin Laden on Sept. 11, 2001.Thirty-six thousand Americans will die of flu in the coming months? Sounds like a Homeland Security issue to me! Good thing the Canadians - with their superior health system - are bailing us out.