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Parade participants first to get flu vaccine

PEOPLE taking part in the Beijing parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China will be the first to be given domestically made swine flu vaccine, China's Health Minister Chen Zhu said today.

China is also the world's first country to use the vaccine to prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu strain, said Che.

The government on Friday ordered 7.3 million doses of vaccines from domestic firms Sinovac Biotech and Hualan Biological.

China has reported 5,592 cases of H1N1 flu, from which 3,852 people have recovered. No one has yet died in China, although a patient in Shanghai is in a coma with multiple organ failure.

Chen said the condition of the Shanghai patient, as well as another serious case in Zhejiang Province, had stabilized.


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