[Google translation from Portuguese]

Influenza A H1N1: EU health ministers meet in October to decide who vaccinate
Lisbon, 18 Jul (Lusa) - The European Commissioner for Health revealed today that the Health Ministers of the European Union will meet in early October to decide which people to be vaccinated under the anti-influenza A H1N1.
Lusa

12:53 Saturday, 18 Jul 2009


Lisbon, 18 Jul (Lusa) - The European Commissioner for Health revealed today that the Health Ministers of the European Union will meet in early October to decide which people to be vaccinated under the anti-influenza A H1N1.

"Not only are the doses to be administered and who is all the logistics, the space needed, the doctors," said Androulla Vassiliou, who spoke to journalists after a visit to the Family Health Unit of St. John of Estoril.
The Commissioner, who is in Portugal as part of a series of visits that you want to all Member States, said the vaccine should be ready for distribution in September.

Androulla Vassiliou considered sufficient only vaccination of risk groups and said the European Commission estimates that these groups represent a total of 60 million people.

"If all these people [risk groups] are vaccinated is sufficient protection," he said, when asked about the possibility permitted by the UK to vaccinate the entire population.

"There will be no vaccine for everyone," he added.

During the visit to Portugal, the Commissioner is planning meetings with the Health Minister, Ana Jorge, the Agriculture Minister Jaime Silva, and the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of Health, Maria de Belém Roseira.

The World Health Organization announced Friday that it will no longer count individual cases of infection with influenza virus A H1N1, but continues to monitor the pandemic.

The last review of the WHO recorded 95,000 cases and 429 deaths in the world.

SO.
Lusa / end