Swine Flu Now A "Pandemic"
Sweden's Public Health Minister Maria Larsson held a press conference Thursday afternoon telling the Swedes that there is no reason for alarm following the World Health Organisation's decision to declare a Swine(or Novel) Flu pandemic.
At the press conference Larsson said that the Swedish government will continue its work to limit the spread of the disease, but emphasised that there will be no travel restrictions, under recommendation of the WHO, which says that such a move would have no impact on the transmission of the illness. The government will start receiving supplies of vaccines once they start being manufactured in about 3 months time.
She added that Sweden will have increased responsibility when it comes to fighting the spread of Swine Flu, due to the upcoming presidency of the European Union, and she called it a lucky coincidence that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is also situated in Sweden.
Larsson, together with representatives from Swedish health authorities, say they were informed about the WHO decision at 13.30 UTC and decided to go public with the news 90 minutes before the WHO itself.