WHO donates 9 million flu shots to Philippines, 14 million to Nigeria

MANILA, Philippines — The World Health Organization promised on Nov. 26 to donate 9 million H1N1 flu shots to the Philippines, and assured the country the vaccines were safe, Reuters reported

At least 1.2 million of the vaccine shots will be made available by the end of the year and be distributed to about 400,000 health workers in the Philippines, WHO director-general Margaret Chan told reporters in Manila.

The WHO also has disclosed that it will donate H1N1 vaccines to about 10 percent of the population of every country in Africa, out of which about 14 million Nigerians will benefit, allafrica.com reported.

The donation was a small contribution to help countries access the life-saving vaccines, as well as promote other measures that will mitigate the pandemic across the world, the WHO’s Dr. Richard Mihigo said at a regional meeting on H1N1 and vaccines deployment in Abuja, Nigeria.

"We are also raising awareness against the disease, as well as providing antiviral drugs which we are distributing to all countries and at the same time providing personal protective equipment to ensure safety in case of any outbreak," he stated.