Millions cost from superfluous swine flu vaccine
(2010-08-03) Numerous federal states remain on their swine flu vaccines. The state of Schleswig-Holstein alone had bought over a million doses of the "Pandemrix" serum. A mere 215,000 doses were actually administered. The costs incurred are immense, this federal state alone pulverized around 8 million euros for swine flu, which was probably massively overvalued in favor of the pharmaceutical industry.
According to a new recommendation by the vaccination commission at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), vaccination against swine flu will in future be integrated into normal flu vaccination. This means that there will no longer be an explicitly carried out swine flu vaccination in the future. From a financial point of view, the decision is fatal for the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. The country had bought more than a million cans of the Pandemrix serum. It is therefore unlikely that already packaged and delivered vaccine will be used in the next wave of flu. Schleswig-Holstein should now bear the costs of around eight million euros.
Hardly anyone in Germany sees a serious danger from swine flu. This has also reduced the willingness of most people to get vaccinated against the H1 / N1 pathogen. Because there was no pandemic, as announced last year.
In addition to Schleswig-Holstein, other federal states are also left at the expense. Earlier this year, it was reported that the state of Berlin had already disposed of 100,000 vaccine doses due to the expiration date. Apparently, the vaccine cannot be sold cheaply abroad. Now the federal states are demanding a participation from the federal government. No agreement has yet been reached, but negotiations have already started. (sb)
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