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    Monday August 24, 2009

    <TABLE border=0 width="20%" align=right><TBODY><TR><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials should help drug companies speed up the supply of swine flu vaccines to have at least some available to start vaccinating people by mid-September instead of mid-October as scheduled, White House science advisers said on Monday.
    "We recommend that the Department of Health and Human Services accelerate the availability of a portion of the vaccine supply to mid-September by having manufacturers begin to 'fill and finish' a subset of the bulk vaccine product at 15 micrograms. Such a decision would need to be taken almost immediately," the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology said in a report.