Serbia Buys 3 million Swine Flu Vaccines from Novartis

Fri, 11/13/2009 - 3:41am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's health authorities have ordered three million swine flu vaccines from Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG worth an estimated euro24 million ($36 million). Health officials said Friday the first shipment of some 500,000 doses is to arrive next month, while the rest are due early next year. Serbia's health ministry on Wednesday proclaimed a swine flu epidemic, a declaration it hopes will help prevent a surge of the illness in the Balkan country. The health ministry says swine flu recently spiked in Serbia, with about 270 proven cases and eight deaths — up from about 130 cases and two deaths at the beginning of November.

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