1.5M Per Day Getting Swine Flu Vaccine in China

According to Chen Zhu, China’s health minister, 1.5 million Chinese are getting vaccinated against the H1N1 flu each day. From Will Weissert for Associated Press:

China’s health minister said Wednesday his country is vaccinating 1.5 million people a day against swine flu, part of a mammoth effort to reach nearly 7 percent of inhabitants of the world’s most populous country by year’s end.

Chen Zhu told The Associated Press that more than 50 million Chinese have been immunized so far.

He also defended China’s aggressive quarantine of foreigners with flulike symptoms as well as health detentions of its own citizens.

“With initial efforts of containment, actually we not only reduced the impact of the first wave to China, but we also won time for us to prepare the vaccine” now being given to China’s people, Chen said in an interview during the Havana meeting of the Global Forum for Health Research.

November 18, 2009 11:24 PM
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