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Avian Flu

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the stockpile of vaccines for avian influenza H5N1. [HL954]

The Government are currently considering cutting-edge scientific research and expert advice on this subject. However, there are no plans at this time to increase the stockpile. Pre-pandemic vaccines need to be balanced against more broadly applicable defences such as antivirals and antibiotics.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government which occupations and sections of the population will be the priority for receiving the vaccines for avian influenza H5N1. [HL955]

The Government have procured 3.3 million doses of generic H5N1 vaccine to supply frontline healthcare workers in the event of a pandemic against which it is effective. This is because of their proximity to symptomatic patients and to reflect the need to ensure the continuity of essential healthcare services.