Thursday, 3 September 2009

Swine Flu vaccine costs $5 in Venezuela

How come we have to pay RM50 , about, US$13 in Malaysia recently.
And RM200, the normal rate.

I wonder if the $ is Venezuela or US dollar. One of those South
American nations use US$ as its currency.

* SEPTEMBER 3, 2009, 9:30 A.M. ET

Venezuela Swine Flu Death Toll At 41 - Health Ministry

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CARACAS (Dow Jones)--Venezuela, which less than two months ago was
reporting zero deaths from swine flu, has now seen 41 fatalities
related to the A/H1N1 flu, according to the Health Ministry.

Health Minister Carlos Rotondaro said 4,000 tests for the virus have
been given to people showing flu symptoms, and nearly a quarter of
them, 970, were positive, the state-run news agency reported.

Rotondaro said all 41 deaths involved people with chronic illnesses
and weak immune systems.

The administration of President Hugo Chavez will continue to provide
free medical attention at government-run clinics to affected citizens,
the minister said. He indicated some of the deaths could have been
prevented if medical attention had been sought sooner.

Rotondaro said the government has authorized the purchase of five
million vaccines to be imported at a cost of $5 each, or $25 million.

Other countries in the region such as Brazil and Argentina have been
harder hit by the virus, with each country reporting several hundred

-By Dan Molinski, Dow Jones Newswires; 58-212-284-5651;

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