Calm and unvaccinated

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Published on Wirtualna Polska/Warsaw Business Journal, by Martyna Olik, 10.11.2009.

Despite vocal criticism and an outbreak in Ukraine, the Polish government doesn’t plan to buy the A/H1N1 vaccine. Despite a serious outbreak of swine flu in neighboring Ukraine, the Polish government played it cool last week. Polish Health Minister Ewa Kopacz announced that she was not planning to stock up on swine-flu vaccine until it had been properly tested. 

“The A/H1N1 vaccine is being produced by three companies, none of which has been able to assess its long-term effects. Their testing lasted a relatively short amount of time. It is not known whether [the vaccine] is safe for children and pregnant women,” the health minister explained at a press conference last week.

Critics of the minister’s decision expressed surprise that the European Commission’s clearance of three the swine-flu vaccines for distribution in early October had not been enough to win her trust. Nor was the World Health Organization’s October 30 recommendation of the vaccines, including for pregnant women. Vaccinations, meanwhile, have already begun in France, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic …

… The situation across the border:

In Ukraine, the swine flu outbreak caused nationwide panic – schools were closed, travel restricted and public meetings banned. Although conflicting assessments abounded, a late-week statement by Ukrainian authorities put the number of registered cases of flu at 478,000, with 81-87 deaths. The government had had problems determining how many of these were actually swine flu; there were 17 confirmed cases of A/H1N1, with four deaths.

Although the WHO has not recommended the closure of borders or travel restrictions to Ukraine, calling these ineffective measures, Slovakia closed two pedestrian crossings with Ukraine and introduced medical check-points at others … (full text).

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