Canada has confirmed that it will loan Mexico five million doses of its surplus H1N1 flu vaccine to help meet the country’s immediate pandemic requirements.

Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said in an official statement that Mexico had placed orders for the swine flu vaccine with several manufacturers, but most orders will be ready only at the end of January.

The health minister also confirmed that Mexico is expected to replenish the borrowed Canadian stock by the end of March.

Canada bought 50 million doses of vaccine in August but now has a large surplus of stock after it was confirmed that only one dose of the vaccine is needed per person as opposed to the two doses originally bought.