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Developing Countries to Get Some H1N1 Vaccine—But When?

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Science  06 Nov 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5954, pp. 782
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_782

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The World Health Organization has said that about a month from now, it will begin supplying developing countries with H1N1 vaccine donated by manufacturers and rich countries. But it has secured only about 200 million doses for 95 countries that together are home to a third of the world's population, compared with the 250 million doses that the United States has purchased, Germany's 50 million, and France's 94 million. Moreover, much of that vaccine won't arrive for several months, and the pandemic marches on.