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Serbia to Stop Import of Swine Flu Vaccines

From Associated Press (January 13, 2010)

BELGRADE, Serbia_Serbia's health officials say they will stop the purchase of swine flu vaccines from a Swiss pharmaceutical company because of the lack of demand.

Serbia last year ordered 3 million doses, of the vaccine from Novartis AG worth an estimated (EURO)24 million ($35 million).

Health officials said Wednesday that so far Serbia has received and paid for about 850,000 doses, while only some 135,000 people _ about 2 percent of the population _ have been vaccinated.

the director of the state health insurance company, Svetlana Vukajlovic, says the Serbian importer of the vaccines will be told to stop further purchases.

The health ministry has recorded about 670 swine flu cases in Serbia and 68 deaths.

Posted: January 2010