Danish Concern Over Swedish Vaccine Plan

Sweden is to begin producing its own vaccines, to better prepare for a possible flu pandemic in the future.

The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs says the government has decided to build a vaccine factory, which is expected to go into production in 2010. Sweden currently buys vaccines abroad, but there’s been concern that supplies would be unavailable should there be a global outbreak of bird flu.

The government is planning to seek contact with vaccine producers willing to take part in the 126 million dollar project.

Meanwhile, Denmark’s Health Minister has expressed surprise and concern over the Swedish plan, since the Nordic countries decided earlier this year to pursue a common solution.

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