Tuesday, September 01, 2009

AH1N1 vaccine possible in Costa Rica in November

(AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)(Inside Costa Rica) - One of the world’s leading drug firms says it has managed to produce the vaccine for AH1N1 virus weeks ahead of schedule. Novartis says trials, that includes 784 Costa Ricans, are expected to prove positive and will start producing the vaccine by the autumn.

Once the vaccine is available, Costa Rica is expected to receive some 400.000 doses by the end of November, according to the Health Ministry.

The Health Minister, Maria Luisa Avila, said that only those in high risk groups - the pregnant, those with respiratory problems and the hypertense and the obese will all be evaluated to receive the vaccine first.

Costa Rica will be obtaining the vaccine by way of the Panamerican Health Organization, which is negotiating with the drug firms on behalf of Latin countries for the best purchase price.

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