Germany to sell H1N1 vaccines due to weak demand

14:08, 08 December 2009
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Germany plans to sell more than two million H1N1 vaccinations abroad due to weak domestic demand, the country`s health ministry said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Only about five percent of the public has been vaccinated, according to Health Minister Philip Roesler. He said he was checking with other countries to see if they needed any of the medicines and that Ukraine had already signaled interest.

The 2.2 million vaccinations are due to be delivered in late December. German states ordered 50 million vaccinations that are due for delivery in several phases until the spring of 2010.

Only about 15 percent of medical professionals in Germany have been vaccinated. Regional states in Germany started the vaccination program on October 26.

Swine flu deaths so far stand at 86 in Germany.

The H1N1 pandemic continues to spread and has killed nearly 8,750 people around the world, according to the latest European Center for Disease prevention and Control (ECDC) tallies.

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