The Czech Chamber of Doctors warned on Friday that the swine flu vaccine might arrive too late to administer the necessary vaccinations as the disease may have spread by then. Vaccines are provided by the company GlaxoSmithKline that will deliver 141,000 doses to the Czech Republic after November 23 and another 191,000 after December 28. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic is bracing for a swine flu epidemic as the H1N1 virus continues to spread. Czech Chief Hygiene Officer Michael Vít said in an interview on Czech Television Thursday night that he expects a swine flu epidemic to hit the Czech Republic in mid-December. Three secondary schools across the country were closed Thursday, with a fourth closing on Friday morning.
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