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Stretch Limited Vaccines to Fight Pandemic: Experts (Hong Kong)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Hong Kong public health experts say that distributing the bird flu vaccine in smaller dosages would increase the generally "herd immunity effect," thereby reducing incidences of infection. Since pharmaceutical companies can only provide 350 million to 400 million doses of the H5N1 bird flu virus vaccine compared to the world population of 6.6 billion, researchers suggest in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine that "you should be giving less to more people given a certain stockpile," trading off some individual immunity for greater protection overall. (Click here for more
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