From Medical News Today, May 28, 2009:
“10 Million H1N1 Vaccines Ordered By Australia”
“Reports are coming in that the government of Australia has placed an order for 10 million vaccines against the novel H1N1 swine flu virus, following a press briefing from Health Minister Nicola Roxon in Canberra earlier today, Thursday.
According to a report from Reuters, Roxon said the Australian government will also be ordering 1.6 million courses of the antiviral drug Relenza, bringing the national stockpile of antivirals to nearly 12 million courses.
The swine flu vaccine order has been placed with pharmaceutical company CSL Ltd who are planning to start clinical trials in a few months.”
“Earlier today, the Australian authorities reported they have officially confirmed 103 cases of H1N1 swine flu, up from 61 on Wednesday.
Australia is also gearing up for the regular flu season, which starts about now, as the winter months approach.
Most of the swine flu cases are believed to be in New South Wales and Victoria, the country’s two most populated states and which lie to the south east.
Three of the cases were passengers travelling on the cruise liner Pacific Dawn which is now not going to complete its journey north to Queensland.”