Swine flu update

18-02-2010

The Ministry of Health reports that two people have died in the last week of swine flu-related illnesses, bringing the total number of deaths in the Czech Republic to 100. Meanwhile, only roughly one fourth of the available vaccine dosages have been utilised in the country. The state originally ordered one million dosages at a cost of 220 million crowns; a quarter of that was delivered by the end of 2009 and the remainder has been manufactured but is being stored by the producer GSK. The Health Ministry is currently involved in negotiations with the drug manufacturer on reimbursement for the unused dosages. The application of the vaccine has met with reluctance among Czechs; last week 500 people had themselves vaccinated, more than a thousand less than the week before.