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Swine flu vaccine suffers delay

TT/The Local · 22 Nov 2009, 09:12

Published: 22 Nov 2009 09:12 GMT+01:00

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"Yes, it is unfortunate. There will be interruptions in the planning and demand remains in excess of supply," Göran Stiernstedt at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR).

A delivery of 460,000 doses was due to be sent by Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) to Sweden in the beginning of next week. The shipment would then be divided among Sweden's municipalities according to population density.

A further delivery of 658,000 doses were scheduled for a couple of days later. Both deliveries are now set to be delayed.

Jonas Vikman, head of information at the pharmaceutical giant in Sweden, confirmed the delay.

The information was sent out to local health authorities on Friday, but since then Vikman says he has received information that the company will be able to send half of the expected doses during the week.

"Yes. In round figures around half," Vikman said to the TT news agency.

He explained that the delay is due to external controls that have taken longer than anticipated.

SALAR hopes that the delivery of the vaccines will arrive at the latest during the following week. They are also hopeful that additional doses will arrive.

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GSK is however unable to confirm when the delayed shipment will arrive.

"We will be in contact as soon as we know," Vikman said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:18 November 22, 2009 by lingonberrie
There will be a lot more vaccine needed around the world when this virus mutates.

This pandemic is just getting started. Those who doubt this fact had better start praying.
11:52 November 22, 2009 by Schumi
This vaccine will be probably useless, or at least less effective, if this virus mutates.
13:43 November 22, 2009 by Rick Methven
A tamiflu resistant strain has already been passed between two people in Wales, so the mutation has already happened
15:15 November 22, 2009 by Schumi
German scientists have found that Echinacea inhibits the H1N1 virus in a 99%.

Pleschka S., Stein M., Schoop R., Hudson J.B. "Anti-Viral properties and mode of action of standardized Echinacea purpurea extract against highly pathogenic avian Influenza virus (H5N1, H7N7) and swine-origin H1N1 (S-OIV)". Virology Journal.

16:52 November 22, 2009 by vladd777
Am just getting over a heavy cold and sinus attack and take my hat ( and it's not red ) off to Echinacea!

But one has to be careful when taking it if one has allergies.

Have an antihistamine ready.

Atishoo 8(
17:02 November 22, 2009 by BillyB
Hype, panic, hysteria and a little more hype too...
19:43 November 22, 2009 by aneleH
So, here we are then: A mutated virus because we can't use our medicine right. Congratulations human beings, we were just chosen by God as the most silly creatures alive. Also, don't forget to add that the virus hasn't even spread all over the world yet. When it does, more trouble is only to come. Personally I think we shall just stay as positive as we can to this. I mean if we all die now, we at least die with a unnecessary tamiflu dose in our stupid bodies!
19:56 November 22, 2009 by Osokin
I'm rooting for the big asteroid but whichever comes first.
21:14 November 22, 2009 by askin
Since the swine flu virus was first constructed in the lab and then spread to outside, the responsible parties who let the virus out of the lab, must be sued and punished. Governments which feel responsible for their citizens, must unite and sue the parties which let the virus out of the lab.

Eventually, they should stand for the entire expenses of vaccinating the people too.
22:25 November 22, 2009 by karex
Well, no big loss on my account, I'm not taking this vaccine. Not with all the toxic elements mixed into it, and wiothour being properly tested beforehand.

Also, very nice to hear about the Echinacea findings.

Now THIS is what I ALWAYS take at any sign of cold or flu-like symptoms! Or any other infection for that matter.
03:09 November 23, 2009 by Davey-jo
How many have been killed by seasonal flu? By now it should be about 1,500 and rising. It's a regular cropper of the unwell and elderly and far more dangerous than this pesky swine flu.
09:45 November 23, 2009 by michcas
I have caught h1n1 and still getting over it. My ordeal has been a hell and I am still here because of Gods will, not the Swedish health care.

This has been so frustrating, I have to tell someone about it. It started a little over a week ago. My Sambo had an easy varient of the Swine Flu and was home the first week. I thought I would be lucky and miss it but it hit me hard instead. After the first day, with difficulty to breath, I did want they said, and contacted Vårdcentralen. The first morning, I thought I would die. The fever was so high and I could barely get out of bed. Downed a few alvedon, took some breathing spray and got a time to see the doc. After examination, and tests, the docs didnt seem to think I had the swine flu. His diagnoses was a cold and an flu at the sametime. He said we could go out and meet people! Home again and waited for the test results. Extremely sick Saturday, Sunday and still difficult to breathe. Called the vårdcentral on monday and they confirmed it is h1n1. OK, what do we do now we asked? Nothing they said. I dont understand why a person should go to them at all. No medication, just your own luck if you are going to make it or not. To pay so much tax for this kind of treatment is amazing. For anyone else that gets a bad case of the swine flu. Good luck, you are going to need it.
16:01 November 24, 2009 by sebseb
Sweden is a big rat lab, alike Canada.

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