Friday, January 29, 2010

South Africa to Vaccinate 3 Million

The Health Department of South Africa is seeking to immunise at least 3 million people against 2009 H1N1 flu before winter sets in, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said yesterday. South Africa currently has 1.3 million doses of vaccine and because South Africa is classified as both a developed and developing country, it was ineligible to receive the free vaccines distributed to many African countries from WHO.

Motsoaledi added that they could not afford to vaccinate everybody and the Ministry is still seeking funding for additional vaccines. The Ministry aims to vaccinate all pregnant women, health care workers, young people, and some people at points of entry into the country.


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