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Meningococcal vaccine may cost government $40m

April 16, 2018 12:45 am

The government is facing difficulty to procure the meningococcal disease strain C vaccine.

Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says they’re working together with the World Health Organization and UNICEF to get the vaccines in the country.

Sayed-Khaiyum says the vaccines will be administered to around 345,000 Fijians under nineteen-years of age.

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However, the huge demand for the vaccine from other countries is making it difficult for Fiji to procure it.

“We had originally approved ten million dollars but we may now need to approve up to $40million because of the huge pressure on accessibility of these vaccines. There’s two issues; one is the pricing and the other is the stock pile of these vaccines to be made available.”

He says the WHO and UNICEF are trying to source the vaccine for the government as it’s made by large pharmaceutical companies.

He adds the Health Ministry’s Acting Permanent Secretary met with the WHO and UNICEF this morning to negotiate on the procurement of vaccines.

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