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Swedish Minister on Flu Vaccine Options

Published tisdag 18 oktober 2005 kl 13.45

Sweden is considering producing its own vaccines against avian flu.

The Minister for Public Health and Social Services Morgan Johansson said that in the face of a possible pandemic, the government has the option of producing its own vaccines, subsidising a private company to make them, or embarking on a Nordic cooperation.

Considering vaccines is in response to the recent discovery of the lethal H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus found in Romania and Turkey.

The national health council is tasked with presenting recommendations to the minister on November 1. Sweden currently has a million doses of anti-viral drugs purchased last spring.

Meanwhile, customs authorities at Swedish airports are tightening controls to prevent all illegal imports of live birds and bird meat.

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