Yesterday the government spent 1 billion dollars in contracts to 5 pharmaceutical companies to produce influenza vaccine. The government spent this money to replace the current, slow, and unpredictable way of making the vaccine. The reason for this government intervention is because the Bush administration is to prepare us for an influenza pandemic. If government spending and the partnership with companies like Medimmune Inc. there should be enough vaccine to immunize the entire nation in about 5 years. Which would be five years earlier than the influenza pandemic is expected to sweep the nation. This money was well spent and will help eliminate a supply and demand problem in the future.