Dr. Anders Tegnell of the National Board of Health and Welfare
swine flu vaccine

Sweden May Not Wait for Brussels

The newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet” reports that the Swedish authorities plan to go ahead and approve the new swine flu vaccine, without waiting for the EU bureaucracy.

Following reports that the slow pace of official EU approval could delay the roll-out of Sweden’s planned national vaccination program, the Swedish National Board of Heath and Welfare and the Medical Products Agency are investigating how they can fast track approval of the vaccine on a national basis without waiting for Brussels.

“Formally it is the European Commission that has to give its approval,” says Anders Tegnell of the Board of Health and Welfare. “We are afraid that process will be lengthy. We can’t risk having the vaccine in September-October and not immediately starting vaccinations.”

The move comes the day after the World Health Organization reported that the swine flu is now the most common form of influenza. The WHO says the A/H1N1 virus is spreading four times as fast as other viruses, and a large number of those dying after being infected are young adults with no other health problems.

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