The federal health minister says the supplier working on Canada’s pandemic vaccine remains on target, and the vaccine should be ready in time for the provinces and territories to start immunization campaigns by late fall.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq told a news conference in Toronto yesterday that she’s optimistic GlaxoSmith-Kline will be in a position to begin clinical trials by October, if not earlier.

Health officials say they’re still working on a prioritization list of who should first receive the vaccine, and hope to have it ready in September.

Meanwhile, a U.S. government panel recommended yesterday that pregnant women, health-care workers, and children six months and older be among those placed first in line for the H1N1 vaccine.

The panel also said those first vaccinated should include parents and other caregivers of infants; non-elderly adults who have high-risk medical conditions; and young adults ages 19 to 24.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to set vaccination priorities for those groups during a meeting in Atlanta.

The panel’s recommendations are usually adopted by U.S. federal health officials.

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