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100 Nations to Receive Donated Swine Flu Vaccine: WHO

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International donations of H1N1 swine flu vaccine will be distributed to about 100 developing countries, perhaps as early as November, according to a World Health Organization official.

"The director general of WHO will approve most likely today a list of countries for the donations. The list will include about 100 countries," Marie-Paule Kieny, head of the WHO's vaccine research unit, told journalists, Agence France Presse reported.

"We are trying to have the first deliveries in November," she said.

The donated swine flu vaccine is from drug companies and a U.S.-led group of wealthy nations that promised to give 10 percent of their vaccine purchases to developing countries, AFP reported.

The vaccines will be used to protect about 2 percent of the population in the recipient nations over the next few months. Health-care workers will be given priority, followed by other vulnerable groups, Kieny said.

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