Saturday, November 7, 2009

Polish PM: Poland not buying swine flu vaccination unless it has been properly tested/ Canadian Press

Funny that I was only able to find one US news source (a Texas TV station) that carried this AP story. From the Canadian Press:

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Friday that his government won't buy vaccines for swine flu that have not been properly tested or from producers who won't take responsibility for possible side effects.

Tusk told reporters that vaccine producers were pressuring governments to buy, but were also demanding that all responsibility and compensation for possible negative side effects fall upon government shoulders.

"Today we are dealing with great pressure from pharmaceutical firms ... we are dealing with expectations that hundreds of millions of zlotys (dollars) will be spent on vaccine while no one wants to guarantee that it has no side effects," he said...

And from JAVNO: "The zealousness of certain countries (in administering the vaccine) seems exaggerated and out of step with the real epidemic," the Polish Prime Minister added.

The Flucase blog contains a video of Poland's health minister discussing this decision.

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