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Flu vaccines are out of stock, pharmacists say

Flu vaccines are out of stock in Belgium, the National Association of Independent Pharmacies (APB) has confirmed to various Flemish dailies. “According to data from the producers, between 2.6 million and 2.7 million vaccines were sold in October and November,” virologist Marc Van Ranst of the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) indicated. “That’s about 100,000 more than last year.”

It appears that increasing production is impossible. “This is a virus that develops for months and then adapts to the vaccine,” the virologist said. “You cannot remake it, and the companies do not provide for surpluses because they then have to destroy them, thus losing money.”

According to the APB, high-risk groups have been vaccinated.

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