WHO: Donated H1N1 vaccine supplied to 56 countries

Robert Roos * News Editor

Jun 24, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has shipped about 38 million doses of donated pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine to 56 developing countries so far, with another 39 million doses expected to be shipped by the end of July, the agency said in a recent update.

Last year the WHO declared a goal of providing enough H1N1 vaccine to cover about 10% of the populations of 95 developing countries, or roughly 200 million people. The agency has collected pledges for 200 million doses, and donors so far have signed agreements worth 118.6 million doses, according to the WHO update posted Jun 18.

Vaccine deliveries through Jun 18 totaled 37.87 million doses, which were spread among 56 countries, the report says. The amounts range from 1,000 doses for the island of Tuvalu to 3.5 million doses for South Africa.