Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Over 2 mln vaccine doses halted in Italy for health concerns

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 17 - Dutch pharmaceuticals company
Crucell has halted delivery of 2.3 million doses of flu vaccine
in Italy, the Italian health ministry said Wednesday.
"No affected vaccine has been distributed" in Italy, Health
Minister Renato Balduzzi told local television.
The supplier of the vaccine, called Inflexal V, halted
distribution over unexpected test results, which occurred in two
out of 32 batches of vaccine that did not go to the market in
Italy or elsewhere.
Crucell is not a major flu-vaccine provider to Italy, said
the health ministry as it prepares for the flu season.
"Other companies have guaranteed to supply the needed
doses in order to prevent any problems for citizens," Balduzzi
said.
Crucell is not the only pharmaceuticals company to halt its
flu-vaccine program over health concerns.
GlaxoSmithKline told ANSA Wednesday it was recalling its
Infanrix Hexa distribution in 20 countries due to possible
bacteria contamination.
No at-risk vaccines were delivered to Italy, the company
said.
It added that further tests proved none of the vaccines
were contaminated, and that the recall was voluntary as an added
precaution.
On average, 10 to 12 million Italians receive flu shots
annually.

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