WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following
statement on the recall by Merck of their childhood meningitis vaccine.
"Vaccines are essential in protecting the health of millions of Americans from deadly
diseases. Today's recall shows once more that our vaccine supply is fragile, and that the
nation urgently needs a better plan to see that vaccines are available when needed.
Congress should take action on the legislation that Representative Waxman and I are
proposing to strengthen the vaccine supply and make vaccines available to Americans
who need them."