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August 29, 2005

UK Tories complain about bird flu drug delay

According to a story in London's Financial Times, Tamiflu has become a political football in Britain.

The Conservatives accused the government of ordering the vital drug too late, leaving the country vulnerable. Andrew Lansley, shadow health secretary, said: "Because the government ordered its stocks of Tamiflu later than some other countries, the UK will not have full stocks available until the latter part of 2006. This leaves us with a degree of vulnerability to the risk of an early pandemic."

This would be tolerable, I guess, if Mr. Lansley hadn't implied that prompt purchase of mountains of Tamiflu would have seen Britain sail through the pandemic without so much as a sniffle.

Posted by dymaxion at August 29, 2005 01:56 PM

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