Governments wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer money on swine flu drugs and vaccines

Ministers ‘wasted millions on stockpile of swine flu drugs for epidemic that never arrived’ (Daily Mail):

More than £1.2billion of taxpayers’ money was spent on the swine flu pandemic that never materialised, a report has found

AP IMPACT: 40 million doses of expired swine flu vaccine to be burned; $260 million lost (Chicago Tribune):

ATLANTA (AP) — About a quarter of the swine flu vaccine produced for the U.S. public has expired — meaning that a whopping 40 million doses worth about $260 million are being written off as trash.

“It’s a lot, by historical standards,” said Jerry Weir, who oversees vaccine research and review for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The outdated vaccine, some of which expired Wednesday, will be incinerated. The amount, as much as four times the usual leftover seasonal flu vaccine, likely sets a record. And that’s not even all of it.

About 30 million more doses will expire later and may go unused, according to one government estimate. If all that vaccine expires, more than 43 percent of the supply for the U.S. public will have gone to waste.

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