60,000 vaccines in two weeks


PORT-OF-SPAIN – Some 60,000 H1NI swine flu vaccines will be in the system within the next two weeks, says Health Minister Dr. Fuad Khan.

Speaking to the Express by phone yesterday, Khan said an order for the vaccines was placed and when they are received they will go to the Expanded Programme for Immunisation and, from there, county medical officers will indicate how many are needed for the various districts.

Khan confirmed people were still rushing to the hospitals and health centres for vaccines, and he again reiterated this was not necessary.

He said the issue with respect to the swine flu was under control and at a manageable level.

Khan added there were no developments with respect to reports pertaining to two people suspected to have died from the swine flu virus.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, at a United National Congress (UNC) meeting at Pepper Sauce Junction, Chaguanas, on Monday night, said she had instructed Khan to order more vaccines, as the initial 15,000 were inadequate.

Persad-Bissessar said measures were in place to ensure the H1N1 virus was controlled and not allowed to become an epidemic or matter of major public concern.

“I have spoken with the minister of health, who has given me a comprehensive update on our readiness to prevent an outbreak.

“I have since instructed the minister of health that 15,000 vaccines are not enough, that we must have at least a stock of four times that amount and we must find the additional vaccines immediately,” she said.

Persad-Bissessar added that the vaccines will be sourced through collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organisation. (Trinidad Express) 

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