The government’s chief medical officer has said that Britain has enough Tamiflu after it was revealed that the number of new swine flu cases could hit 100,000 per day.
Sir Liam Donaldson warned the public to avoid panic buying “counterfeit” swine flu drugs on the internet, after saying there was no need to self-medicate.
The assurance comes as it was confirmed that the UK has moved past the containment phase of the disease and into the “treatment phase”.
Sir Liam said that Britain would be one of the first countries to have access to a vaccine, with the first supplies expected to arrive at the end of August.
He told GMTV: “We have got a massive stockpile in this country and everybody can have access to it through the national health service.”
He said he was “surprised” that health services had controlled the virus for as long as they had after the first case in Britain was recorded in April.
In the UK three people - who all had underlying health problems - have died after contracting the virus.