Wall Street Banks Getting Swine Flu Vaccine Before Many High-Risk Groups

First Posted: 11- 5-09 10:35 AM   |   Updated: 11- 5-09 03:25 PM

*[NOTE: BusinessWeek originally broke the news of Wall Street banks and
other large employers receiving early batches of the H1N1 vaccine. Read
their entire story
.] *

While thousands of at-risk Americans wait, some big Wall Street banks have
already secured the hard-to-find H1N1 vaccine for their employees.

Building on a story that *BusinessWeek*
NBC reports that employees at the New York Stock Exchange, bankers at
Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, and employees at the Federal Reserve have all
received swine flu vaccine doses to administer to their employees.

In particular, NBC reports that Goldman Sachs has received 200 doses of the
vaccine -- the same amount as Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Wall Street
banks, like many other companies, put in requests for the vaccine but seem
to have had something of a leg up on securing doses.

Dr. Nancy Schnyderman, NBC's chief medical editor, chimed in on this seeming

"I think they probably played by the rules, there are corporations all over
the country who put in there dibs...But, what a sore eye for Wall Street.
Wouldn't have been lovely if they had said, look we put it in our dibs, we
played by the rules, but we're going to donate our 200 doses."

Some corporations seem to be getting the doses before doctors and hospitals.
Here's more from Schnyderman:

"If we know that the distribution is the weak part of this entire thing, why
not put doctor's offices and hospitals at the top of the line, and say to
corporate America, no matter who you are, you're you're going to have to go
through clinics and hospitals like everyone else."


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