Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The “unstoppable” swine flu pandemic Tuesday raised fears of millions of cases by next year and countries talked about mass vaccinations, while South America sought a united front to combat the disease.
Italy predicted it may have dealt with between three and four million cases of swine flu by March 2010, the country’s deputy health minister Ferruccio Fazio said Tuesday.
He added that by the end of this year some 8.6 million Italians would have been vaccinated against the A(H1N1) virus, with the most vulnerable and those working in the emergency services given priority.
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Talk of mass vaccination campaigns was reported around the globe with Germany saying it envisioned having to order some 25 million doses of a vaccine now under development to immunise nearly a third of its population.
Australia, the Asia-Pacific region’s worst-hit country, was bracing to immunise the entire population against swine flu and has already placed an advance order for 21 million courses of a vaccine.
This article was posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 4:08 am