Turkey seeks to return some vaccine doses
Turkey is negotiating with vaccine companies to return some of its unused doses of H1N1 flu vaccine, the Anatolia News Agency reported today. Health Minister Recep Akdag said the government had ordered 43 million doses of vaccine but actually purchased 17 million. Officials are talking with manufacturers about giving "a significant part" of that amount back, but will keep 2 to 3 million doses for emergencies, he said. Akdag said in January that more than 600 people in Turkey had died of H1N1.
Mar 9 Anatolia News Agency report
Rwanda reports increase in flu cases
Pandemic flu cases in Rwanda are starting to increase again after dropping in early February, The New Times in Kigali reported today. A health ministry official said an increase was noted in Burera district of Northern province, with six confirmed cases in the past week. He said seasonal flu cases are also being reported and that a stockpile of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is available. He added that the flu uptick calls for more vigilance but said there is no cause for alarm.
Mar 9 New Times story