Canada to have vaccine soon for half population

Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:37pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Enough H1N1 flu vaccine for almost half of Canada's population will have been shipped out by the end of the next week, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said on Friday.

Huge lines had formed when vaccinations for the H1N1 swine flu started more than three weeks ago. But by the end of this week more than 10 million doses will have been shipped out and more than 15 million by the end of next week, she told Parliament.

GlaxoSmithKline Plc has a contract to supply 50.4 million doses to Canada, which has a population of more than 33 million. Health officials said several days ago that more than 20 percent of the population had been vaccinated.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Rob Wilson)

<p>The French family from Young's Point waits for H1N1 vaccinations, administered by Peterborough Health Unit, held at a branch of Royal Canadian Legion in rural Lakefield Ontario, October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill</p>