China Begins Mass H1N1 Flu Vaccinations

China kicked off mass vaccinations for swine flu Monday in Beijing, making it apparently the first nation in the world to start innoculating its population against the virus.

The Asian giant has been at the forefront of international efforts to produce an A(H1N1) influenza vaccine, with at least five companies receiving government approval for the work. Officials however have warned demand will exceed supply.

- China launched on Monday its program of vaccination against influenza H1N1 in Peking to immunize students to participate in the October 1 celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic, Health authorities said.