Cheese. (popehippo) wrote in ontd_political,

White House: No H1N1 vaccine going to Guantanamo detainees

At least for now, detainees at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay will not be getting any H1N1 vaccine, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

"There is no vaccine in Guantanamo and there is no vaccine on the way to Guantanamo," :Gibbs said in the daily White House news briefing when asked about reports that the Pentagon would offer detainees the vaccine for the virus, also known as swine flu.

A spokeswoman for Joint Task Force Guantanamo, which is responsible for the detainees, said last week that the decision to inoculate them was based on a U.S. government assessments that people held in detention facilities are at high risk in the pandemic.

"Detainees at JTF Guantanamo are considered to be at higher risk and therefore they will be offered the H1N1 vaccination," Maj. Diana R. Haynie said Friday. She said then she didn't know when the vaccine would arrive at the facility.

News of the planned vaccinations of Guantanamo detainees prompted criticism from congressional Republicans and Democrats. Noting vaccine shortages across the country, they argued that no Guantanamo detainees should be inoculated ahead of Americans waiting for the vaccine.

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