Czech Republic to purchase million doses of swine flu vaccine


The Czech government has announced it will purchase a million doses of swine flue vaccine, enough to immunise half a million people. Speaking after an extraordinary cabinet session on Friday, Prime Minister Jan Fischer said the vaccines would be supplied by the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, which won the contract over rival bidder, Swiss pharmaceutical group Novartis. Doctors, nurses and other public health workers will be the first to be immunised, Mr Fischer said. The first delivery is expected in Prague at the end of September. In the 10-million Czech Republic, 217 cases of swine flu infection have been confirmed so far. No one has died of the illness.