18 09 2009

China First to Vaccinate Against Novel H1N1 Virus

Richard Stone

No country has taken stricter measures than China to protect residents from
pandemic swine flu. Although its draconian quarantine system sparked
scientific debate and more than a few diplomatic spats before it was scaled
back a couple of months ago, China’s latest exploit is winning praise:
Earlier this week, China was first off the blocks to launch a mass
vaccination campaign against the novel H1N1 virus. As the swine flu
pandemic picks up steam, China is racing to immunize a sizable percentage
of its 1.3 billion people before the pandemic’s expected peak here this
autumn or early winter. Epidemiologists here forecast that, without mass
vaccination, tens of millions will become infected in China and hundreds of
thousands will seek treatment.

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