Monday, July 27, 2009

Fast-tracked swine flu vaccine will be safe, officials insist

How many will have to die before this flu vaccine campaign - like the campaign in 1976 - is withdrawn? The other campaign was pulled 10 weeks after it was started. That was before the Internet - before we had the ability to actually communicate quickly with each other about what is going on. My prediction is that if this campaign is not made compulsory from the start (which may very well happen), it will be less than 10 weeks before there are so many injured or killed that it will be pulled once again. I would NOT want to be the minister for health when that happens.

The World Health Organisation has raised concerns about the fast-track production of the swine flu vaccine in Europe, where the treatment is due to be made available at least two months earlier than in the US. Britain is expected to be the first country in Europe to provide the vaccine, with the first of 132 million ordered doses due to be administered next month.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the drug regulatory body for the EU, is accelerating the approval process for the vaccine, and countries including Britain, Greece, France and Sweden plan to start using it as soon as it is cleared. The most vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women and young children, will be given priority.

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