2 Jul 2009

Swine flu vaccine purchase to be announced soon

12:59 pm on 2 July 2009

The Government is to announce soon that it will buy early supplies of a vaccine against swine flu, for use by front-line health workers.

Health authorities have an arrangement to buy an egg-based vaccine when it's available in coming months, but are also thought likely to purchase an alternative, cell-culture vaccine in the meantime.

Health Minister Tony Ryall would not go into detail on Thursday, but said an announcement is imminent in the next few days.