“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.