Drug firms asked to save some vaccine for poorer countries

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has made an appeal on behalf of the worlds poorer countries, for pharmaceutical companies to reserve part of their swine flue vaccine stocks for them.

National Health Systems in poorer countries, where people with other illnesses such as Aids and malaria are more susceptible to swine flu, could be less likely to cope in the event of a pandemic or global epidemic.

When asked, only 6 of the 30 leading vaccine producers who met UN chied Ban Ki-moon in Geneva agreed to donate 10% of their production to countries that may not be able to afford the full price of the medication.

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written by Jo Richardson, on 2009-05-20 12:00.