A recording of a recent Council On Foreign Relations symposium
reveals attendees discussing ways and means of getting the public
to take the H1N1 flu vaccine in spite of the mass resistance
that has arisen due to questions over it's safety.
The recording dates from October 16 when the CFR held a Symposium in New York entitled Pandemic Influenza: Science, Economics, and Foreign Policy.
The meeting was held in order to encourage a consensus for policy to present to the federal government concerning the so called swine flu pandemic.
In attendance were professors and doctors from several influential universities and medical schools, along with media representatives from Science Magazine, The
Canadian Press and The Financial Times.
Other notable attendees included Robert E. Rubin, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and current Co-Chair of the CFR, along with John Lange, Senior Program Officer of the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health Program.
During part of the discussion (see transcript) on whether or not the vaccine should be made mandatory for health workers and school children, Lone
Simonsen, Research Professor and Research Director at the Department
of Global Health, George Washington University, suggests creating
an artificial scarcity in order to ramp up demand for the vaccine.
"I think what would work better would be to say that there was a shortage and people tend to buy more of something that's in demand. (Laughter.) We saw that -- there
was one season where, really, people lined up all night to get
a flu shot." Simonsen says, much to the amusement of the
other attendees at the symposium.
The entire recording is on the CFR website here