China announced today that it has issued its first warrant for mass inoculation of its population with the H1N1 flu vaccine. The article (link below) stated that it was the first country in the world to do so, but that is not the case. The Greek government previously ordered its citizens to be innoculated for H1N1. This is a link to a post where I mentioned that:
Chinese Health Minister Chen Zhu said Tuesday that the warrant was issued by the State Food and Drug Administration Monday after the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines had been proved in clinical tests. The first people to receive the vaccinations will be those attending celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Chen said.
Chen also said protection would also be given to vulnerable groups, such as carriers of chronic disease, school students and medical staff. “We will also consider the differences between regions and start the vaccinations in areas where flu situations are serious,” Chen said.
Chen said the vaccination plan had been drafted on the basis of repeated and conscientious work by medical experts, with advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Here is the link to the original article: