WHO chief yet to be vaccinated against swine flu

AFP
Dec. 30, 2009

GENEVA — World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan revealed Tuesday that she has yet to be vaccinated against the swine flu virus, which has killed over 11,500 people world-wide.

“I have asked my medical service to enquire where I can go to get my vaccination,” she told reporters in Geneva, pointing out that she has just returned from leave.

The WHO director-general stressed that she would “of course” get vaccinated and that “many of my staff” at the WHO have already taken their jabs against the A(H1N1) virus.

Many countries rolled out their vaccination programmes over the past two months, but the take-up rate has been lower than expected.

Germany said in early December it wants to sell spare vaccines to other countries, while Switzerland said in mid-December that it would give away part of its stock to developing countries and sell another part to countries that are still trying to procure vaccines.

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