Flu vaccine shortage hitting northern hemisphere countries, says WHO

Countries in the northern hemisphere are having difficulties sourcing flu vaccines, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
There is increased demand for the influenza jab this year amid the global coronavirus pandemic, as people scramble to protect themselves ahead of winter.

However, the WHO did not reveal which specific countries were struggling to acquire the vaccines.

‘There is more than enough’ flu vaccine
Vulnerable people and health workers should be prioritised in the event of any shortages, it added.
The organisation also said social distancing and travel restrictions meant flu was not circulating as widely in the southern hemisphere, in places such as Australia and South Africa.


Ann Moen, WHO chief of influenza preparedness and response, told a UN briefing on Friday: “If this follows suit and influenza also is [in] low circulation in the northern hemisphere, we may see less infections.

“And we also hope to see less infections due to the very high uptake of influenza vaccine.”

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In an effort to reassure Britons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Kay Burley on Sky News on Thursday that there were 30 million doses in the UK, which he said was “more than enough” for those who need it.
Mr Hancock added that vulnerable people would be the first to be offered jabs, with the intention of rolling out the vaccine more widely afterwards.

Source : Sky News