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Czechs cancel order for 300,000 swine flu vaccine

Associated Press Modified: February 19, 2010 at 11:26 am •  Published: February 19, 2010

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's health minister says authorities are reducing an order for swine flu vaccine shots by 300,000 due to a lack of interest among people to get vaccinated.

The country had planned to vaccinate about 1 million people in high-risk groups, including people with chronic diseases, health workers, soldiers and pregnant women.

The Health Ministry says only about 64,000 people have agreed to get the shot.

Minister Dana Juraskova said Friday that as a result the state reduced its order to 700,000 doses from the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline PLC.

The ministry said 100 had died of swine flu in the Czech Republic.