Public blames vaccine makers for shortages

Would last year's vaccine shortage have gotten the media attention it did if it hadn't been for the November election? That's a question we may never have an answer for. Who does the public blame? That's something we know a little about. A survey done by Harvard University's Bob Blendon and the Harvard Opinion Research Program found that the public blames drug manufacturers. Forty percent of respondents blamed "vaccine manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies" for last year's shortage, while 30 percent point the finger at federal health officials. A majority say they want the government to take responsibility for ensuring vaccine stockpiles are adequate.

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