Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Italy: Not So Fast

One third of the Italian supply of swine flu vaccine (8 million doses) will be distributed mid November to mid-December. The other two thirds will be distributed after January 31, 2010.

Italy is taking a Christmas vaccine break. They don't feel the need to get everyone vaccinated by Halloween or Thanksgiving, thank goodness. How civilized. Looks like Italy will wait for sufficient quantities of vaccine to be manufactured without novel adjuvants.

MF59 was previously owned by vaccine maker Chiron, located in Siena, Italy. The company was then bought by Novartis. Italy was the first country in the world to license and use the MF59-containing flu vaccine (Fluad), in 1997. What do the Italian pharmacovigilance data for Fluad reveal?

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