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Swine flu makes more victims, 16 dead

The death toll from swine flu in Romania reached 16 people on Thursday, with the Health Ministry reporting two more deaths Wednesday and 132 new cases of A/H1N1 in the past 24 hours, Newsin reports.


The overall count of A/H1/N1 infections in Romania comes to 4,245 people. The national vaccination campaign against the disease started on November 26, with pupils, students, medical staff and border police being singled out as the most exposed categories. About 1.34 million doses of pandemic vaccine have been distributed and more than 25,000 people vaccinated. The Health Ministry announced Wednesday the immunization campaign is extended to all the age groups considered to be at risk, given the majority of the deceased had associated illnesses. Chronic disease sufferers will also be vaccinated, and so will be the company employees working with the public. The decision was reached by the National Flu Committee with the purpose of ‘immediately limiting the spreading of AH1N1 pandemic flu virus.’ Romania will give 1,150,000 doses of vaccine free of charge to the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Macedonia, the government decided at Wednesday’s session. A number of 500,000 doses will go to the Republic of Moldova alone. Ukraine will receive 400,000 doses and Macedonia 250,000 of the doses manufactured at the Cancauzino Institute in Bucharest. ‘All the expenses related to the transport of vaccine doses will be paid by the Government of Romania on its territory and by the recipient states on theirs,’ Government spokeswoman Ioana Muntean said, adding that the granting of the humanitarian aid could not have be delayed until a draft law was passed, hence the relevant government resolution.

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