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Glaxo to market bird-flu vaccine.

BRITISH pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline said yesterday it had received permission from European medical regulators to market the human bird flu vaccine it has already sold to several governments in preparation for a pandemic.

The ruling from the European Medicines Agency makes Prepandrix, which targets the H5N1 virus, the first vaccine to receive a licence for pre-pandemic use in all 27-member European Union states.

Glaxo, which has already spent pounds 1bn developing the vaccine, has orders from Switzerland and the US based on the bird flu virus from Vietnam.

Switzerland has ordered 8m doses - enough to cover the country's entire population. The US Department of Health and Human Services has ordered 27.5m doses.

Experts believe H5N1 is the most likely candidate to mutate into a pandemic virus.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 20, 2008
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