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Capitol Health Call
January 1, 2003

New HELP Chair

JAMA. 2003;289(1):35. doi:10.1001/jama.289.1.35-a

Sen Judd Gregg (R, NH) is slated to head the Senate's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee during the 108th Congress, which convenes in January. He will replace Ted Kennedy (D, Mass). Gregg said his top priority will be making smallpox vaccine available to all who want it.

However, at press time, President George W. Bush had not announced whether he would allow general distribution of the vaccine. In October 2002, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's top vaccine advisory committee recommended that only a limited number of health care workers should initially receive the vaccine. So protected, these physicians and allied health professionals would then be responsible for handling any suspected local smallpox cases.

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