To help countries protect people from developing severe disease from pandemic influenza H1N1 infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating the distribution of donated pandemic influenza vaccine to 95 countries. These countries were identified based on their vulnerability to pandemic influenza and their readiness and ability to use the vaccine for priority populations. WHO is working with UN and country partners to facilitate the distribution of the vaccine.
Governments, foundations and manufacturers have offered contributions of vaccines, ancillary products (such as syringes, vaccine vial monitors and safety boxes) and finances to support the donation initiative.
WHO has received pledges of nearly 180 million doses of vaccine, 75 million syringes and US$ 67 million for vaccine deployment.