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Rösler will not help out states with swine flu vaccine costs

DPA/The Local · 15 Aug 2010, 14:29

Published: 15 Aug 2010 14:29 GMT+02:00

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German Health Minister Philipp Rösler has stated he will not help the state health ministries out financially, reported Der Spiegel at the weekend.

Such healthcare matters are the responsibility of the states, which were in charge of ordering the vaccine stocks and organising vaccination programmes.

A survey conducted by news agency dpa showed that millions of doses of the GlaxoSmithKline vaccine Pandemrix are sitting unwanted in state warehouses.

The greatest cost of unused vaccine was chalked up by North Rhine-Westphalia, at €54 million, followed by Baden-Württemberg with an expected cost of €35 million – as 3.7 million of the 4.2 million ordered doses were not used.

Lower Saxony has around €22 million worth of Pandemrix in storage, while Hesse still has around €17.5 million worth.

In Bavaria, just 970,000 of the 5.1 million doses were used up, leaving state Health Minister Markus Söder expecting a cost for unused vaccine in double-figure millions, although an exact account will not be available until the autumn.

Brandenburg has paid around €7.7 million for unused vaccine, while Thuringia has paid €7 million for its 840,000 unused doses.

Saxony Anhalt has costs of around €6 million for unused Pandemrix, Schleswig Holstein still has vaccine worth around €8 million while Hamburg has €4.5 million worth and Saxony has around 1.4 million doses worth around €11 million. The only information from Berlin was that it had kept a reserve of 122,000 doses and taken the rest to a central storage facility.

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Initially the states bought 50 million doses from GlaxoSmithKline, reducing this to 34 million after it was realised that only one rather than two shots were needed to provide protection against the flu.

They were left with the huge amount of unused vaccine after people decided against taking it, seeing that the pandemic was not as dangerous as initially suggested.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

15:46 August 15, 2010 by Christine1
and GlaxoSmithKline is smiling all the way to the bank!!
18:38 August 15, 2010 by ngwanem
hehe.. panic-induced sales
02:21 August 16, 2010 by Johnny Cash
You have to wonder if government officials here have access to the internet. It seems many people in Germany and around the world knew the swine flu was a scam and the vaccine dangerous. Even the name Pandemrix is a hint the new world order had a finger in this pie. Their favourite catch word pandemic just keeps getting pushed out there in the media preparing the world for the virus they finally get contagious enough to kill huge sections of humanity. It looks like 190 million €uro down the drain, no heads will roll , and no prosecutions for the pharmceutical company who would have known this flu was no big deal. Just another example of more colossal government incompetence or collusion.
14:18 August 16, 2010 by iline
I find it amazing that journalists fear libel writs to the point that even after WikiLeaks published evidence of scaremongering (actually, a hugely successful and highly organised propaganda and lobbying campaign) by pharmacorps, still to this day we never read any opinion on the matter. Yes, many governments are sitting on a stockpile of swine flu vaccine, and the vaccine is likely to expire and become irrelevant before very long. It's an indictment of just how easily influenced government has become by the giant corporations bellowing their opinions, demands and threats.
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