The Irish Examiner: Vaccines are expensive and difficult to administer, but they are the most effective way of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The latest figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that in 2015, Americans spent $5,719,724 on the four vaccines, up from $4,929,917 in 2014.
The vast majority of this expenditure came from the two main types of vaccines: two doses of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and the three-dose MMR vaccine.
But there were also a small number of other vaccines, including pneumococcal conjugate, diphthyrax vaccine, polio vaccine, and Varicella vaccine.
There is a huge amount of scientific data that supports the fact that vaccines are effective, with only a few studies suggesting otherwise.
But, according to the US Government Accountability Office, there was a big bias in the way the data was used in the US.
The US government is the only one of the G7 countries that uses data from national health databases, rather than individual national registries.
However, the Government Accountability office found that this data “may not be fully comparable across countries, regions, or states”.
It also found that, in some cases, the US government could have used different methods to determine the true cost of vaccines.
The report also found evidence of “misclassification of vaccines”, in which healthcare providers misclassified some vaccines.
“The majority of the vaccines [are] not available to the public, so there is a large gap in the data,” it said.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said the data used for the report was “based on publicly available data from our state and local agencies”.
“Data that is available is not subject to the Federal Government’s data exclusions, so it can be used by other federal agencies,” she said.
However, the spokeswoman added that “most of the data does not fall within the Federal data exclusivity, so we are unable to provide data on it.”
This article first appeared on The Irish Independent.