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.
Vastag B. New HELP Chair. JAMA. 2003;289(1):35. doi:10.1001/jama.289.1.35-a