Bulgaria Health Minister Charged over Swine Flu Vaccine Deals
The Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office has accused Health Minister Bozhidar Nanev of 2 unfavorable deals regarding the purchase of vaccines.
Nanev was called into the Sofia Investigation Serevice, where he was charged, Sofia Chief Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov revealed Tuesday.
The Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the transactions for the purchase of 80 000 doses of the swine flu vaccine and for antiviral drugs against the new flu virus in December 2009, the Health Ministry confirmed.
According to unofficial information the Health Ministry made vaccine deals totaling BGN 12 M in February 2010 - but it is not known if they are related to the investigation:
According to data from the register of contracts in February the Health Ministry signed a BGN 4 M contract with GlaxoSmithKline for the supply of combined vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella. The company was the only bidder.
In February a Health Ministry contract was also concluded for the supply of 360 000 doses of swine flu vaccine from US pharmaceutical company Baxter International Inc. The BGN 8 M contract was won by Baxter's representative in the country Alpharma as it was the only bidder. The cost of one dose of the vaccine is BGN 22, and for full immunization two doses are needed.
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