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Goldman Sachs' PR reps want to make it clear to the public that the CDC distributes vaccines to many types of large employers, such as Time Warner and New York University. The idea is to get the vaccine to people at many points of potential infection, giving the H1N1 vaccine to those who come into contact regularly with high risk groups within large companies. Goldman Sachs has received 200 H1N1 vaccines, Citigroup 1,200.
It is hard to imagine that a ton of "pregnant women, children and young people aged 6 months to 24 years [or] people who live with or provide care for infants under 6 months (who cannot be vaccinated)" work at Goldman Sachs or Citigroup. In addition, it has been confirmed by the New York City health office that Goldman Sachs received the vaccines ahead of many hospitals -- where the employees sorely need it -- because the banking behemoth asked for it. It's unclear who is more suspect in this situation -- the City of New York for giving these banks the vaccine, or the banks for asking for it before all those truly at high risk have been inoculated. On the heels of news that Wall Street bonuses are up 40% in 2009, one imagines that Goldman Sachs could afford to pay for their own creation and distribution of H1N1 vaccines rather than taxing public resources. They are taking the H1N1 vaccine from the facilities that are crucial to averting what has been declared a national state of emergency.