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Disrupted Brexit could see flu vaccine ‘airlifted into the UK’

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French multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi has said they plan to fly flu vaccine supplies into the UK should transport routes be disrupted over Brexit.

Hugo Fry, managing director of Sanofi UK told the BBC Radio 5 lives’ Wake Up To Money programme, that the flu vaccine cannot be stockpiled.

Fry said, “We prepare in different ways and have prepared many different routes into the UK.

“If we have to in the end, we will airlift it in.

“We are eating the cost of that, but patients and citizens are our primary concern, so we’re quite happy to take that cost and make that planning.”

Sanofi said they plan to stockpile supplies of insulin he said, “You can’t stockpile it because it’s made at a particular time of the year and it’s only available to import in the month at the end of August/beginning of September.”

Most French supplies come through the Channel Tunnel, as does Sanofi’s supplies.

Fry added, “We’re doing everything possible to make sure that everyone will get their medicines and vaccines so that they can be reassured, and they don’t have to worry about it.”




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