GlaxoSmithKline has already received orders for 128 million doses of a new swine flu vaccine that has yet to be developed. And the pharma giant says that it expects many, many more requests before it's all over.
"I fully anticipate that we will receive significantly more orders in the coming weeks and months," Chief Executive Andrew Witty told shareholders at an annual meeting. The UK, France, Belgium and Finland have placed the orders to date. GSK says that it expects to start production on a new vaccine soon after it gets seed stock.
Glaxo has already offered the WHO 50 million doses of a new vaccine for free distribution in poor countries and says it will discount its vaccine price for developing nations.
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