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October 03, 2005

Randall Parker on the Finnish vaccination campaign

Very good commentary from Future Pundit on the announced intention of the Finnish government to buy vaccines for the entire population. Randall Parker starts an interesting  debate, here's an excerpt:

I can think of two arguments for why a preliminary vaccine might help. I'd really like to know if either or both arguments have any scientific merit: A) Partial immunity from a premature vaccine would reduce the lethality of an eventual pandemic infection and/or B) Vaccination by a premature H5N1 vaccine would reduce the size or number of a later vaccine dose using a more exact antigen target made to match an eventual pandemic strain (assuming such a strain will arise).

Posted by dymaxion at October 3, 2005 01:13 PM

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