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Municipalities call for swine flu inquiry

TT/The Local · 28 Jun 2010, 07:41

Published: 28 Jun 2010 07:41 GMT+02:00

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"The key issue that we have to look at is if it is really worthwhile spending these vast sums of tax revenues. It is money which could have been used for other healthcare," Göran Stiernstedt at SKL told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) daily.

SKL has calculated the total cost of the swine flu vaccination programme and identified the purchase of vaccines as the largest cost, amounting to 870 million kronor.

"It would have been even worse had we not been able to renegotiate the vaccine agreement and cut costs by almost 300 million," he said.

When the swine flu outbreak was declared a pandemic on June 11th 2009, Sweden elected to offer vaccinations to the entire population, one of the few countries to do so, according to SvD.

Sweden had already ordered 18 million doses after the previous avian flu outbreak and when symptoms of the swine flu began to emerge in September around 5.5 million people were vaccinated in a mass programme that was accompanied by massive media coverage.

Despite the massive demand only 7 million doses were used, leaving 11 million doses in surplus.

The Local reported in May 2010 that Sweden was able to cut the final bill by 300 million kronor after the vaccine's manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) agreed to cut the number of supplied doses by 25 percent from 18 to 13.5 million doses.

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Despite the agreement Sweden still now has some 6.5 million doses, worth 400 million kronor, that now risk becoming useless and SKL has called for an in depth examination of Sweden's management of the pandemic.

After the initial wave of infections in August and September, few cases were reported in Sweden after November. A total of 11,000 registered cases of swine flu were reported with 29 deaths.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:15 June 28, 2010 by rybo1
What a shame that Governments and "sheeple" fell for this world wide, Pharmacy scam. The world is run by greedy ba*****s and the sheeple should wake up to that fact. What a shame, that in essence all of that money that could have been used for something good and worthwhile was flushed down the toilet and into the smelly pockets of the pharmaceuticals.
09:59 June 28, 2010 by eddie123
this is absurd. what is the population of Sweden? isn't it 10 million or less? why buy 18 million doses of the vaccine? where they expecting the danes and norwegians to cross into Sweden for innoculation? such gross incompetense.
10:26 June 28, 2010 by xavidx
I think they originally thought that everyone needed 2 doses. But that was only the case with some groups.
15:14 June 28, 2010 by Twiceshy
Hindsight is always 20/20

No one though the 1918 flu would turn into a disaster either, but it did. All it takes is one deadly mutation of the virus, and then if no vaccines had been given we would hear the opposite story "this could have been prevented with cheap vaccines!!!!"

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
23:06 June 28, 2010 by Da Goat
Rybo1 is still correct the sheeple have been done over, it is not a case of if the virus is a bad one it is more is this a scam or not !

now because of the greedy pigs we now have to wait to see if it is a scam or not before vaccinating, adding another layer of uncertainty , so now we wait to see if we are being scammed and if not then it is too late and we get sick and die,

because of the greedy ones we now play Russian roulette it is pretty sick (sorry pun) when they play politics with peoples lives/health
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