Digital News Report – France has decided to cancel over half of their order of swine vaccines. This could be a major setback for vaccine manufacturers who have ramped up production this flu season.
Initially it was thought that everyone would need two shots to develop an immunity. Recently health experts have determined that perhaps one shot was needed. Combined with skepticism concerning the need for inoculation, health officials decided to cancel 50 million of the 94 million doses ordered.
The company involved in this cancellation is Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines unit of Sanofi-Aventis. The French government said they are also in talks with other suppliers.
Germany, Spain and Switzerland cancelled orders last month. Reuters reported that these countries also returned unwanted stock to their suppliers.
By: Jason Chang