If I were Merck, I'd be scrambling to get the takers to participate in a study on the long-term effects of the vaccine. If, in 2 or 5 or 10 years the country decides to buy into requiring the HPV vaccine, Merck will still stand to make a mint. If they really believe in Gardasil's potential, they can wait.
Addressing the Washington State Medical Association's annual legislative assembly and again in a news conference Monday, Gov. Chris Gregoire said such action [requiring the HPV vaccine for entry into school] seemed premature.
"I told the medical association that I was reticent to dictate when I think there is a lot of public education that needs to go on," Gregoire said. "To go out and start just saying everybody mandatorily has to have this is a little bit troublesome for me.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
That's more like it
Washington State is offering the HPV vaccine to girls for free. In the article, Gov. Christine Gregoire says: