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Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

Swine Flu: Vaccination

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of Swine influenza vaccine are available to be dispensed to UK patients.

[Official Report, 4 March 2010, Vol. 506, c. 1403-04W.]

Letter of correction from Gillian Merron:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnorshire (Mr. Williams) on 4 March 2010. I am sorry that two of the figures cited were incorrect. The amount of vaccine calculated as held centrally did not take account of vaccine that had been delivered to the devolved Administrations, as only vaccine delivered to the NHS in England was subtracted from the total.

The answer given was as follows: (319958)

As of Friday 26 February 2010, the amount of swine influenza vaccine available to be dispensed was 25.3 million doses, held centrally, plus the stock currently held in the National Health Service across the United Kingdom.

This is based on the total amount of swine influenza vaccine delivered to the United Kingdom from Baxter and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) at approximately 38.5 million doses, less the total number of doses sent out to the National Health Service (NHS) England, up to 24 February, which was approximately 13.2 million.

The correct answer should have been:

As of Friday 26 February 2010, the amount of swine influenza vaccine available to be dispensed was 21.35 million doses, held centrally, plus the stock currently held in the national health service across the United Kingdom.

This is based on the total amount of swine influenza vaccine delivered to the United Kingdom from Baxter and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) at approximately 38.5 million doses, less the total number of doses sent out to the national health service (NHS) UK, up to 24 February, which was approximately 17.15 million.