By YLE News
Minister of Health and Social Services Maria Guzenina-Richardson says that the state will, if necessary, supply additional funds to compensate those who became ill with narcolepsy after receiving the swine flu vaccine. Insurance companies are ready to pay a maximum of 30 million euros.
The European Medicines Agency will give its judgement on the link between the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix and narcolepsy next Friday. This will clear the way for decisions on compensation.
In February, the National Institute for Health and Welfare admitted that the swine flu vaccine was likely a contributing factor to an increase in the number of narcolepsy cases among children in Finland. However, the authority noted that it was difficult to attribute the rise in cases to the vaccine.
Guzenina-Richardson says that the connection between Pandemrix and narcolepsy cases is clear.
So far, 96 such cases have been diagnosed, resulting in 70 claims for compensation.