Friday, November 6, 2009

Ottawa sees 1 in 5 Canadians vaccinated by next week

OTTAWA-Canada's top health officials, responding to criticism over the speed at which they are rolling out vaccines for H1N1 swine flu, said on Friday that one in five or six Canadians should have their shots by the end of next week.
Vaccinations began this week, and Chief Public Health Officer David Butler-Jones said he expected that by next weekend six million Canadians would have received shots.
Canada has ordered more than enough vaccine for each of its more than 33 million people from GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK.L), but the death in the last week of a teenager and a 10-year-old girl has made many eager to get shots as soon as possible.
Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said it was unrealistic to expect the whole country to get shots immediately...

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