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02 July 2010

40m swine flu vaccine doses wasted

About a quarter of the swine flu vaccine produced for the US public has expired - meaning that a whopping 40 million doses worth about $260 million is being written off as trash.

About a quarter of the swine flu vaccine produced for the US public has expired - meaning that a whopping 40 million doses worth about $260 million is being written off as trash.

'Necessary risk'

  • Tests of the vaccine soon showed only one dose was enough to protect most people.
  • Much of the vaccine was not ready until late 2009, after the largest wave of swine flu illnesses passed.
  • Swine flu turned out not to be as deadly as was first feared.

 

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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