Congresswoman Lowey Speaks at Flu Vaccine Facility

At a news conference today, Congresswoman Nita Lowey called for an end to the government shutdown at a Rockland County vaccine facility that faces delays in securing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for its flu vaccine for use by Americans 50 years and older. With FDA employees furloughed due to the shutdown the delay in approval for new vaccines increases the chance the vaccine may not be available before next year’s flu season. Congresswoman Lowey spoke at the Pearl River manufacturing facility of Protein Sciences, a biotechnology company whose vaccine Flu blok was approved by the FDA last year for use by individuals 18-49 years old. The company is now seeking approval for its flu vaccine technology to be used by Americans of all ages. But with FDA employees furloughed due to the shutdown, the FDA is currently not issuing approvals for new vaccines.

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