Europe seeks to offload flu vaccines

Jan 5, 2010 – 20:01

Western European countries, including Switzerland, are queuing up to shift surplus stocks of the H1N1 flu vaccine after low public demand.

Amid controversy over its costly swine flu vaccine campaign, France said on Monday it wanted to cancel 50 million of the 94 million doses it had ordered because of over-supply. These latest moves could hit drugmakers’ profits, say analysts.

France had originally planned to spend €869 million (SFr1.3 billion) on 94 million vaccine doses, estimating that each individual would need two shots. But only five million French people out of a population of 65 million have been vaccinated and European health authorities have said one vaccine dose is sufficient.

The French move follows decisions by Switzerland, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands last month to review orders for vaccines to which they committed.

Switzerland, which has a population of 7.7 million, ordered 13 million doses of vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Novartis, worth SFr84 million ($81 million).


From my colleague in The Netherlands

<!– .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 10pt; font-family:Verdana } –>Country’s selling Mex. flu-vaccine’s:

.ExternalClass .ecxhmmessage P {padding:0px;} .ExternalClass body.ecxhmmessage {font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana;} Frankrijk       94 milj. bought            50 milj. doses for sale
Duitsland      50 milj.      ”               2,2 milj.    ”
Nederland     34 milj.      ”                19 milj.    ”
Spanje         37 milj.      ”                13 milj.    ”

– Iran starts a vaccinatination campagne with vaccins bought from France
– GSK forsee’s  a extra profit for the  4e trimester of more than 1 miljard euro
– Novartis   400 miljoen profit
– Sanofi-Aventis 334 miljoen profit
– Europian senator Michèle Rivasi yesterday demanded  immediate stop to the vaccination-campagne in France


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.