Federal polices affecting vaccine research and production

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Science  01 Aug 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4456, pp. 563-566
DOI: 10.1126/science.7394521


The federal government is the single most important determinant of the extent of vaccine research, development, and use in the United States. Federal actions having a positive effect include the finacing of vaccine research and development and of major public immunization programs. Federal policies that may be contributing to a decline in the private sector's commitment to vaccine development include an unwillingness to resolve certain liability issues. The nation depends heavily on vaccines to prevent several childhood diseases. For that and other reasons, decisive government efforts are needed to help stimulate the creation of new vaccines and to ensure the continued supply and use of existing safe and efficacious vaccines.