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article imageFrance Plans to Sell Surplus Flu Shots

By Miroslav Kucera     Jan 4, 2010 in Health
Five million people have been vaccinated in France but the country purchased 94 million vaccines. The government wants to sell off the extra doses.
The pandemic virus H1N1 was found in April 2009 and since than spread around the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported 12220 deaths as of 27 December 2009 and informed that the virus was confirmed in more than 208 countries worldwide.
French government bought ninety-four million vaccines, five million people were vaccinated and the plan is to use ten million shots. The original plan was to use two doses for each one which was later changed just to one.
France decided to get rid off remaining seventy-nine million vaccines to other countries. Germany and the Netherlands announced similar decision to sell off surplus flu vaccines at the end of last year.
According to information from newspaper Le Parisien, Qatar bought 300,000 doses and there is ongoing negotiation with Egypt.
France paid for the vaccine almost seven hundred million euro and intends to sell the vaccine at purchase price.
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