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The Swine Flu Affair: Decision-Making on a Slippery Disease
Comparable letters went to seven senators, four congressmen, two members of the White House staff and three of Mathews' associates. The full paragraph in Horan's letter reporting what he had been told by his primary insurer (Federal Insurance Co., Chubb Corporation group) is as follows:
Our own insurance carrier has just told us that it is willing to insure us only against negligence or fault on our part. Moreover, because of the massive number of people involved, the carrier considers it not feasible to place any broader coverage in the existing world insurance markets at virtually any price. Thus, the carrier is willing to provide us with protection only against claims arising from our own negligence or failure to manufacture in accordance with government specifications, i.e., against those risks which are clearly our responsibility.
13. Secretary Mathews' press conference, HEW, Washington, July 13, 1976.
14. House of Representatives, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, Supplemental Hearings, 94th Congress, 2nd Session, Serial No. 94-113, June 28, 1976, p. 19.
15. Ibid., July 20, 1976, p, 208.
16. Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Vol. 12, No. 30, July 19, 1976, p. 1180.
17. Ibid., Vol. 12, No. 32, August 6, 1976, p. 1249.
18. See House of Representatives, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, Supplemental Hearings, Serial No. 94-113, September 13, 1976, pp. 311-313.
19. The President made this comment September 2 to his Press Secretary who released it to the UPI wire service where it appeared. It was quoted by Marilyn Berger on NBC News that night.
20. Transcript, CBS Morning News, October 13, 1976.
21. Transcript, CBS Evening News, October 13, 1976.
23. Vanderbilt Television News Archives Index and Abstracts, NBC Evening News, October 13, 1976. The scientist quoted is J. Anthony Morris, who had been discharged in July, 1976 from BoB after a long proceeding involving his performance of research there. From then on he maintained that he had been fired in retaliation for his criticism of influenza vaccines and immunizations, up to and including swine flu. FDA officials vehemently deny the charge. The Civil Service Commission has since upheld their action. Morris continues his warnings.
24. Transcript, CBS Radio Archives, October 14, 1976.
25. Transcript, CBS Evening News, October 14, 1976.
26. Figures are taken from unpublished data compiled by the CDC. Percentages are based on populations 18 years of age and older, as of the 1970 census. This means that for 1976, percentages are overstated in areas of recent, rapid growth.