§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement about the causes for the shortage of influenza vaccines.
§ Mr. Sackville
As a result of production difficulties, one manufacturer is unable to supply its product this year.544W However, other manufacturers have increased production so that at least as much vaccine as was used during last year's programme will be available, although there may be some delay in delivering new orders.
The Department has issued a press release giving details of the present situation. Copies are available in the Library.