The Council of Ministers on Friday decided that Belgium would participate in a European public contract to procure enough vaccine for the population in case of a global flu epidemic, said Health Minister Maggie De Block.
Belgium will sign a European framework agreement with two vaccine manufacturers. These must ensure the timely availability and distribution of pandemic flu vaccines in the event of an outbreak.
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“With this contract, we can put up to six million doses of vaccine at a given time” said Minister De Block. Two million euros a year will be released.
Pandemic flu is not the classic seasonal flu. A pandemic influenza is an unplanned influenza epidemic that affects the world, such as the A / H1N1 flu in 2009, better known as the “Mexican flu”.
Making a vaccine stock makes no sense because no one knows in advance what the biological characteristics of the pandemic virus will be, the minister explained.