Dutch government wants to sell flu vaccines back

AMSTERDAM Sat Mar 6, 2010 2:03pm EST

A nurse prepares a H1N1 flu vaccine shot at a hospital in Budapest in this November 20, 2009 file photo.REUTERS/Karoly Arvai

A nurse prepares a H1N1 flu vaccine shot at a hospital in Budapest in this November 20, 2009 file photo.

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch government wants to sell 21 million unused H1N1 flu vaccine doses back to their manufacturers after they proved unnecessary and no other country wanted to buy them, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the ministry said it had approached manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis about buying back the doses.

She added that it was not clear what their total value was. She also declined comment on the status of the talks, saying the ministry would inform parliament of the details at a later date.

At the height of the H1N1 scare, the ministry ordered 34 million doses of pandemic flu vaccine -- enough to give two shots to every person in The Netherlands.

Of the original order, about 11 million doses were administered and another 2.2 million are being kept in reserve for emergencies.

(Reporting by Ben Berkowitz)

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Comments (4)
anti-liberal wrote:
This is so stupid. They wanted the vaccines and made the manufacturers rush production and now that this panedemic did not happen to the level, they want their money back…..bull, do not give in to this

Mar 06, 2010 3:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
The world governing bodies has proven, once again, not to trust them. Anyone who paid any attention to the southern hemisphere, during their winter season, would have known that the pandemic was not as bad as everyone thought. The whole thing was a money grab. As for the vaccines, you bought them. You keep them.

Mar 06, 2010 3:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
HealingNews wrote:
What the CDC is doing in the U.S. right now, and what the WHO did when declaring a “pandemic” should be investigated with legal charges against those responsible. There are way too many vaccines used to really be effective [over 40 recommended to children before age of 6]. Bypassing the body’s natural immune system through inoculation can lead to an “acquired immune deficiency” from such an “invasive” action. http://www.healingnews.com/swine_flu_vaccine_programs_1109122009.html

Mar 07, 2010 1:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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