Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Canada Decides To Approve Unlicensed Adjuvanted Vaccines

Canada’s largest-ever immunization campaign is about to get underway after the federal government rushed approval for a vaccine that could be administered to the population in as little as a week.Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s office confirmed Wednesday an announcement would be made allowing provinces and territories to proceed with H1N1 flu vaccinations as soon as possible.
It’s Approved
“It’s officially approved,” said Tim Vail, a spokesman for Aglukkaq.
The Public Health Agency of Canada had said it was aiming to have the vaccine available in early November.Other countries have already begun vaccinations. The United States has started giving swine-flu shots to people in groups thought to be at greater risk.
Japan started its vaccinations Monday and Britain started Wednesday.
Two million doses of the swine-flu vaccine have already been shipped to the provinces and territories to await final sign-off from Ottawa.The government aims to ship around three million doses a week as the vaccine rolls off the production line.
The vaccine needed regulatory approval before the federal government could give the provinces and territories the green light to start the H1N1 flu shots...

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