of H1N1 vaccine availability (wth Canada has more??), Mr. Khaw took a jab himself, and alleged deaths in China due to the vaccine

Although H1N1 is disproportionately infecting more children and otherwise healthy young adults, "the mortality rate from this (H1N1) is no worse than seasonal flu," Dr. David Butler-Jones said in an interview with Canwest News Service.

On a separate news, Canada is reported to have more H1N1 vaccine than most countries. Per capita, the U.S. has shipped barely half as much as Canada. Britain -- twice as populous as Canada -- has distributed about the same volume of vaccine as here, France even less.

Whereas in Singapore, the Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan led by an example & took the jab himself. "Purely incidental" that two people in China died after taking the flu shot, Mr. Khaw said.

Meanwhile China is investigating deaths after swine flu shot. The Chinese Ministry of Health announced that the two people, including one teacher from Hunan province, died hours after receiving their inoculations.

Singapore Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan has assured Singaporeans of the safety of the H1N1 flu vaccine, by taking the jab himself.

Two people in China died recently after taking the flu shot, but Mr Khaw said the cases may be "purely incidental".

He also stressed that the vaccine has been certified by the World Health Organisation.

He added that Singapore is not releasing the vaccine to those under 18 years of age, until health safety officials give the go-ahead.

Clearance will likely be given by the end of November, in time for the year-end holidays.

Mr Khaw said: "When Singaporeans start going to those countries where there is a surge, and if they are not immunised, likelihood is they may get infected there, and then they bring it back to Singapore and cause more infections here.

"So I think because we don't have winter, the impact on us will be indirect, through travellers."

From Channel NewsAsia, "Health Minister Khaw assures Singaporeans of H1N1 vaccine safety".


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