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August 17, 1970

Medical News

JAMA. 1970;213(7):1109-1122. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170330001001

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Mass production of vaccine for meningitis delayed  Since the Army-developed (and Army-tested) vaccine has no license manufacturers appear reluctant to produce the vaccine in quantityThe new vaccine for Type C meningococcal meningitis is in a sort of administrative and scientific limbo. It may be some time before large stocks of a licensed product are available.The Army began general, but limited, use of the vaccine several months ago. (JAMAMedical News211:1107 [Feb 16] 1970). The vaccine is, quite rightly, a source of Army pride. It was developed at the Army's Walter Reed Institute of Research, Washington, DC, by a team led by Malcolm Artenstein, MD, chief developer of the rubella vaccine. A series of laboratory and large-scale field trials have been successful. The vaccine produced a ten-fold reduction in the incidence of the disease, an antibody response in more than 90% of recipients, and virtually no side