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GSK to get 1 Billion Pound Boost in 2010 due to Swine Flu Medicine

GlaxoSmithKline is likely to get 1 billion pound revenue boost in 2010, as governments stockpile swine flu medicines designed to combat a possible pandemic.

GSK has 22 government contracts since last summer. Besides, due to higher demand, the company which makes the vaccine in Dresden and Quebec is outsourcing production to third-party manufacturers, the report said.

In the UK, there are plans to vaccinate the entire population if necessary, and the government has given the go-ahead for vulnerable people, such as pregnant women, frontline health workers and young children, to be inoculated.

GSK has been planning for a pandemic for three-and-a-half years and has spent more than 1 billion pound to ensure its factories could crank up production at short notice.

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