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1m swine flu shots due in Saudi within 3 weeks

Announcement by Health Ministry comes as swine flu awareness campaign is launched.

Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry on Sunday announced that one million antiviral shots for swine flu will arrive in the Kingdom within the next three weeks, to be followed by further dispatches of some six million shots.The announcement was made by Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah during the launch of an awareness campaign against the pandemic. The campaign is co-organised by the ministries of health and education in the kingdom.

A swine flu prevention programme for medical staff in Saudi schools will be in effect Monday.

Education Undersecretary Faisal Al-Omar told reporters the programme, aimed at training medical staff in the Riyadh, Mecca, Medina, East Cost region, and other regions of the country, will last for two days.

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