It is understandable for US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to recently defend the pig and hog farmers in Washington. In a media report Vilsack sharpely critised the media and others for using the phrase ’swine flu’ instead of calling it influenza A(H1N1).
The result, he claimed, was that pig farmers has been made to suffer economically. He was further quoted as saying that ‘…it is simply not fair or correct to associate the 2009 pandemic to swine, an animal that does not play a role in the transmission of the pandemic strain’.
GlaxoSmithKline announced on Tuesday that they are giving 50 million doses of the swine flu vaccine to the World Health Organization, who will then give the medicines to developing countries in need.
The British pharmaceutical company has partnered with WHO and other health establishments to get the shipments of the H1N1 vaccine into the mail before December, they said in a statement.
“GSK is committed to supporting governments and health authorities around the world in their efforts to protect their populations against this pandemic,” said GSK chief executive Andrew Witty stated.