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Millions of doses of Swine Flu vaccine delayed

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WASHINGTON. - U.S. officials say the first big rollout of the swine flu vaccine in October will be much smaller than originally planned.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services says 45 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine will be ready in October, much less than the 120 million doses previously expected.

After that, 20 million doses will be delivered each week, until all of the vaccine HHS purchased is in, which is roughly 195 million doses.

Delays in manufacturing and packaging of the vaccines are to blame.

CDC officials say pregnant women and health care workers should be first in line to get the two-dose vaccine, followed by school-age children and teenagers.

Clinical trials of the vaccine are underway in the United States and it could be approved as early as September.