Baltics face AH1N1 vaccine shortages (1)
Eestlased Eestis 10 Nov 2009  EWR
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Oskars Magone, The Baltic Times

TALLINN - Estonia and Latvia have reported sharp shortages of vaccine for the AH1N1 virus, otherwise known as swine flu.

The news of the shortages comes just one day after Latvia reported the first AH1N1 death in the Baltics. The victim had checked into Riga Stradina University hospital last week after reportedly contracting the disease on a trip to Kaliningrad.

The Estonian Medical Association has expressed concern that Estonia still has not completed negotiations with manufacturers to order the vaccine, despite approximately 130 cases of the disease having been registered in the country.

The association reportedly sent Estonian Social Affairs Minister Hanno Pevkur a letter over the weekend saying that the failure to order vaccine shows incompetence.

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