France to sell surplus A/H1N1 vaccines

08:30, January 04, 2010      

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France plans to sell part of its surplus A/H1N1 flu vaccines to other countries, the French Health Ministry said Sunday.

France has in total ordered 94 million doses of A/H1N1 flu vaccines for 869 million euros (1.243 billion U.S. dollars), figures released by the ministry showed.

While explaining the surplus, a Health Ministry spokesperson told the media on Sunday that France initially prepared two doses of the vaccine for each person. But the European Union's health authorities later announced that one dose of the vaccine was enough for each person, making the second dose unnecessary. Therefore, France is going to sell part of those surplus vaccines, the spokesperson said.

Qatar has purchased 300,000 doses of A/H1N1 vaccines from France, local media reported. Besides, Egypt, Mexico and Ukraine are negotiating with France on the issue, with Egypt eyeing 2 million doses.

Ever since the outbreak, A/H1N1 flu has killed almost 200 people in France. The country started vaccinating its people against the disease in October 2009, and up to now, some 5 million French people have been vaccinated.

French health authorities recently said that people should keep vigilant although the spread of the epidemic had slowed down.

France will continue vaccinating its people against the disease after the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Source: Xinhua
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