Greece cancels order for swine flu vaccine


RIA Novosti
January 19, 2010

Greece has canceled the remaining order for about 8 million batches of the vaccine against the deadly swine flu, local media said citing the
government sources.

[efoods]Greece has previously ordered over 11 mln batches to vaccinate its entire population, and has received 3.6 mln batches, worth 25 mln euro ($36 mln) from that order.

“The state will pay only for vaccines which have been received so far,” local TV quoted Health Minister Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou as saying on Monday.

The minister said the vaccination against the A/H1N1 virus had not been popular among the Greek citizens. Only about 360,000 Greeks have voluntarily received the vaccination up till now, and it is questionable if all the received vaccines would be used until their expiration in 2011.

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