How Long Until New York City Gets Its Flu Vaccine?

Nov 22, 2004
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - To determine when New York City will receive the flu vaccine it has purchased from European suppliers, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Manhattan, Queens) has officially requested a timeline of the process from Acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Lester Crawford (PDF of letter). Today’s letter follows up questions of Crawford by Maloney at a congressional hearing last week and a letter from nine members of the New York Congressional Delegation on November 15 asking Commissioner Crawford to expedite the process (PDF). New York City, working with the states of Illinois and New Mexico, has worked to acquire 200,000 does of vaccine from the European suppliers.

“At-risk New Yorkers have been waiting in line for this vaccine for a long time,” said Maloney. “They ought to get the new doses as soon as possible, but at the very least they should know how much longer their wait will be. I hope Commission Crawford will explain the process for approving the incoming doses.”

Crawford appeared at a House Government Reform Committee hearing on November 17, at which time Maloney similarly questioned him about the process for getting these vaccines to New York. Crawford stated at the time that the FDA was awaiting the “pedigree information” on the lots of vaccine to ascertain where they have been, but that it would only take two or three days after that for FDA approval. Maloney wants to know the updated status.