Klaus Vater, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, said the government had now authorized a grant of 20 million euros (24 million dollars) to two companies that will stand by to develop a vaccine if a human influenza virus evolves from the H5N1 bird virus.
Health ministry spokesman Klaus Vater explained that the government had ordered 200,000 vaccines from Baxter last year, in the wake of the bird flu scare, as a precautionary measure to protect essential workers from swine flu.
After the Minister, you make us sick headline, health ministry spokesman Klaus Vater said at a regular government news briefing Friday, the minister was swamped with injurious, discriminatory letters and e-mails, some of which had a threatening tone.
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