Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Once upon a time, we owned the Commonwealth Serum Laboratory
Once upon a time, the government of the Commonwealth of Australia (otherwise known as the Land of Oz) owned the Commonwealth Serum Laboratory. In the wisdom of our political masters, this iconic organisation - which had been part and parcel of Australian public health for generations - was sold. Now CSL Limited, as it is now known, is refusing to produce Q Fever vaccine for Australians. In their view, the batch quantity is too small. The regulations of government now required increased automation. CSL Limited - in spite of making healthy profits - says it can no longer to produce the vaccine. It is in talks with the Howard Government and it thinks the way to go is for the government to provide a grant and CSL will flick the job to a third party. Shame, CSL.