WASHINGTON — A $1.1 billion entitlement for the creation of a federal, universal vaccine purchasing program is among the provisions of Clinton-backed immunization legislation introduced April 1 into Congress.

Senate sponsors of the "Comprehensive Child Immunization Act of 1993" (S. 732, S.733) are Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Donald Riegle, Jr. (D-Mich.). Representatives Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Eva Clayton (D-N.C.) and others are sponsoring the House companion bill, H.R. 1640.

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