July 9th, 2009
10:04 AM ET
13 years ago

Sebelius: H1N1 vaccine should be ready by mid-October

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The nation's secretary of health and human services said Thursday that some vaccine to fight the H1N1 virus should be available for distribution in mid-October.

Kathleen Sebelius' announcement came at the opening of a "flu summit" called for by the Obama administration. She spoke to a seminar of governors, top health planners and managers who have gathered to discuss preparations for a possible swine flu reappearance this fall.

Health care workers hope to evaluate a candidate vaccine in early August, said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who also spoke at the meeting.

Filed under: H1N1 virus
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  1. GI Joe

    Another boost financially for the pharmaceutical companies.

    I'm writing my representatives – so sick of lobbyists controlling our government. We pay, we get nothing but the big corporations getting rich.

    July 9, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Paul from Phoenix

    Huh, didn't even know this was still an issue. Oh well, at elast the government is stepping up to the plate in a timely manner as always.

    July 9, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. ready by October

    but will anyone be alive to administer it to?

    July 9, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. A. Goodwin

    Would have probably been available sooner if Sebelius' confirmation had not been stalled by republican's.

    July 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Trying to guess what version of the flu you will be fighting is the biological equivalent of guessing the winning lottery number. Depending on the mutations that occur within the virus, this vaccine may work or it may be like throwing rocks at a tank. Nothing beats good old fashioned prevention, good health, and old fashioned soap and water. I laud the intention, but fear the results in this case.

    July 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Steph

    I can't wait to see how the crazy right wingers are going to complain about this...big government...government shouldn't be involved in our health care...Yup, everyone should just make their own vaccines in their kitchens. We don't need government, right? Oh, unless it has to do with reproductive health or marriage, then the government should be overly involved and should make laws based on Bible passages.

    July 9, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. ~~ July ~~


    Yesterday a 36 yrd old womand died from the swine flu!!!! and the vaccine will be ready in mid- october???? ..... wow.

    July 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. yuri

    Or so we sincerely hope. Clincs, we feel, will be flooded w/ a spate of requests for flu shots, especially from those with asthma.

    July 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Bob in Pa

    You can leave me off that list. Another item rushed to the public and through the FDA in less than a year ? Sounds like the same way this administration treated the stimulus bill, just get it out there so it looks like we are doing something.

    Think about it, the FDA takes longer to exhale than its doing to push this out the door.

    July 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Jason

    This whole swine flu thing is a load of nonsense.

    July 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Matt in CT

    Didn't a vaccine for the swine flu lead to cases of guillame-barre syndrome the last time it was used in the 70s?

    July 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. strong

    A swine-flu vaccine ?? No thank you.

    Swine flu, another hoax. Jeeeez.

    July 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Kevin Callahan

    Will this vaccine be free to everyone (in order to limit the spread of the pandemic) or will the public have to pay? If not free, what happens to the poor who can not afford to pay for it?

    July 9, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Terry from Texas

    I suppose that all of you lackwits who refuse to have your children vaccinated will also refuse to be vaccinated for the flu?

    July 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is a good thing. Right in time for flu season.

    July 9, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    She should talk to Joe Biden, he can start giving her the excuses for when it doesn't work, just like he is doing for the stimulus package.

    July 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. S Callahan

    I keep thinking if they are panicking on this swine flu just how will they react when our Good Lord sends the plagues through his two wittnesses...just a thought. I had a flu shot in the past, and became sicker than I ever was...no thanks for me on this round.....

    July 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Sharon Kitchen

    this is good if, and only if this vaccine is proven to do no harm, and actualy work against this virus. It needs to available then to whoever needs it , not just the chosen few , who may be able to afford it.

    Also.......why have the WHO not been successful in even allowing hand soap with sanitizer in it to the idigenous peoples that are right now being hit hard with this. People are dieing. Check out Canada and Australia...........who is helping there?

    In our own country.....in May......even doctors at clinics/hospitals refused people who had insurance the swab kit.....they just had to go home and hopefully make it on there own.

    If you or someone you know ,fall into this catagory...keep on hand
    an herb called Pau d' Arco.....it is not a cure, but it forms around the virus quickly,letting your white blood cells fight of the virus.

    July 9, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Matt in CT July 9th, 2009 11:19 am ET

    Didn't a vaccine for the swine flu lead to cases of guillame-barre syndrome the last time it was used in the 70s?

    Yes. It was manufactured hastily and poorly tested (if at all) because of overly drummed-up hype. Sound familiar?

    Deja vu all over again – Yogi Berra.

    July 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |