Switzerland buys swine flu vaccines

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The Swiss Health Ministry reports purchasing 13 million doses of the A(H1N1) vaccine from Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline.

Geneva -- Switzerland purchased 13 million doses of swine flu vaccines for delivery from the end of September, the Swiss Health Ministry said Friday.

Vaccination would be voluntary and the Confederation, the cantons and health insurers would pay the cost, it added in a statement.

"Health professionals and people at risk, including pregnant women and people who suffer from chronic cardiac or pulmonary diseases, should be given priority in vaccination," it said.

The vaccines purchased from pharmaceutical giants Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline should cover most, if not all, of about seven million people who reside in Switzerland.

Both Novartis and GSK said that one dose of the vaccine could be enough to provide immunity against the A(H1N1) virus.

AFP / Expatica

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