Vials of swine flu vaccine stolen in Olympia WA

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 11 at 2:04 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine who swiped two vials of the H1N1 vaccine from a hospice facility, taking about 20 doses of the swine flu vaccine.

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office was investigating the case on Tuesday. An employee at Providence Sound Home Car and Hospice discovered the two stolen vials and a compromised third vial. They were believed to be stolen late last week.

There were 10 doses of the vaccine in each vial, at a value of about $3,000. The vaccine was intended for health care workers and was kept in an unlocked refrigerator.

Thurston County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chris Mealy says investigators don't know if whoever stole it tried to sell it or vaccinate themselves or their friends. He tells KING-TV, "I don't have any idea why anybody would steal it."

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Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/

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