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A POX ON VACCINE PLAN

A POX ON VACCINE PLANPresident Bush's plan to vaccinate up to 10 million people for smallpox is seriously flawed, according to a draft report by a panel at the Institute of Medicine."The decision to vaccinate was essentially a political one, and there are a lot of scientific reservations about it," one panelist told the New York Times.The smallpox vaccine can be dangerous. And the group is concerned that Bush's plan rushes the vaccination process, leaving little time to examine what ill effects may be produced.THERE'S MORE: "Two of the nation's largest unions called on President Bush yesterday to suspend smallpox vaccination of health care workers until the administration agrees to provide medical screening of volunteers and compensation for anyone injured by the vaccine," the Washington Post reports.

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