Canada to lend Mexico 5 million doses of H1N1 vaccine; repayment expected

Canada is going to lend Mexico five million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine. The federal government is announcing today it will provide Mexico with the vaccine, but expects Mexico to replenish Canada’s stocks by the end of March.

TORONTO — Canada is going to lend Mexico five million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine.

The federal government is announcing today it will provide Mexico with the vaccine, but expects Mexico to replenish Canada’s stocks by the end of March.

A release from the government says the move is being taken to help Mexico meet its immediate needs.

That is because while Mexico has ordered vaccine, most of its order won’t arrive before the end of January.

Canada will start shipping the vaccine to Mexico this week.

Canada, which ordered more than 50 million doses of H1N1 vaccine, is expected to have a surplus of tens of millions of doses of pandemic vaccine.