Vaccine encouraged to against spread
Comparing with the 390 million people within the country who are considered at high risk of the disease, the vaccine supply is limited, Liang Wannian, deputy director of the emergency response office of the Ministry of Health, said on Nov 1.
So far, almost 52.9 million doses of the vaccine, which produced by eight domestic manufacturers, have been approved by the top drug authority. According to the ministry’s plans, 65 million people will be inoculated by the end of the year.
Now total cases and fatalities are both increasing sharply, it considered as the pandemic peaked in the country. The mass inoculation program is imperative. The young, seniors and those serving key posts in public service are high-risk group, among who will have the priority to get inoculation.
According to Liang, in China, the peak of the H1N1 pandemic will last until next March, during this period infections and deaths will increase constantly and rapidly.
The H1N1 vaccination is free and voluntary, if possible everyone should get one as soon as possible, he added.
He also said that the vaccine had proven to be safe and effective and so far most of the adverse reactions from injection had been proven mild and temporary.
Just one day before Liang’s warning, Premier Wen Jiabao called upon the tightened measures for H1N1 influenza since the country is faced with a “severe situation”.
During a visit to a children’s hospital in Beijing, Premier Wen said China is faced with daunting challenges to prevent and control of H1N1 and the number of patients infected by the epidemic are likely to have a sharp increase in some areas.
Premier Wen said the country faces a serious work in preventing the spread of the flu strain, appealing to more people on a voluntary basis to be vaccinated while the vaccine production should be raised.
He added it should be encouraged to get vaccinated as early as possible and at the same time the research into and production of vaccines must be progressed.
It is showed in television that Wen with a mask tied over his face, talking with children, parents and people who worked at the hospital.
Medical staff should take care of themselves and avoid infection during the treatments of the patients, he added.
By far, it has reported nearly 45,000 infections in China, including six deaths, the latest was known on Saturday in Heilongjiang province which is in the northeast part of China.
This recent patient was a local adult of the capital Harbin, according to a cryptonym official who is responsible for publicity in the Heilongjiang provincial health department.
It is added by Xinhua News Agency that a cold snap which going to attack on northern China may raise the flu risk up.
But Wen still remains optimism. He believes that the country is fully confident and has the ability to prevent outbreaks. He said that we must do everything we could to reduce the number of serious cases and deaths.
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