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Friday, 25 September 2009

UK swine flu vaccine 'approved'

The European drugs regulator has given the go-ahead for one of the UK's swine flu vaccines.

An expert committee agreed that Pandemrix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, can be used in adults and children over six months old and pregnant women.

The decision removes one of the last obstacles to getting the immunisation programme under way although licensing still needs to be formalised.

The UK has bought 60 million doses of the vaccine.

In addition, there are contracts for an as yet unapproved vaccine, Celvapan, produced by Baxter.

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