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Japan OKs use of imported H1N1 flu vaccines

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:34 AM


TOKYO, Jan. 20, 2010 (Kyodo News International) -- The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry approved Wednesday the domestic use of H1N1 flu vaccines made by British and Swiss companies, paving the way for their use in Japan around early February for inoculation from around mid-February.

Japan has concluded import contracts with the two companies, with vaccines for 7.4 million people to be purchased from GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK) of Britain and those for 2.5 million people from Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) of Switzerland.

The new batch of vaccines is for inoculation of healthy adults, who have not been vaccinated for the flu so far.

As Japan has secured from foreign and domestic sources more than enough H1N1 vaccines for all its population, the government is studying the feasibility of canceling part of the purchase contracts.

(Source: iStockAnalyst )

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