NHS Has Over 34 Million Unused Doses of Swine Flu Vaccine
It has been found that in spite of approving deals to break its contracts, NHS has more than 34 million idle doses of swine flu vaccine.
It is said that, the British Government had signed agreements with companies, Baxter and GlaxoSmithKline for more than 120m doses of the prods. But only 44m is said to be purchased as cases have petered out since December.
It is said that 6m out of these have by now been used and 3.8m is being sent in aid to Africa.
While the ministers said that the rediscussed deal was fine worth, Tories said millions of pounds had been washed out.
It is said that out of the remaining, 10.6m is already with GPs who will be set to take action if more people permitted to the jab come ahead. But the rest of 23.6m will be held in store.
Health Secretary Andy Burnham stated, "I am pleased we have reached an agreement that is good value for the taxpayer and means that the department has retained a strategic stockpile to protect the UK population without incurring a cancellation fee".
There are possibilities that the vaccine could be used to fight weather flu this winter, since it is assumed that the swine flu virus will become the leading strain.
It is said that, the Government under the conditions of the pact with GSK is also buying anti-flu medicines and bird flu vaccine.
These are said to be kept in store in case of an entirely dissimilar epidemic.
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