updated 9/17/2009 1:14:23 PM ET 2009-09-17T17:14:23

President Barack Obama says the United States will share 10 percent of its swine flu vaccine supply with other nations.

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The White House on Thursday announced that the move would help fight the global spread of swine flu, known among scientists as H1N1.

The White House says the flu vaccines would be available through the World Health Organization.

The White House says the virus does not recognize international borders and the United States is working with Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom to share vaccines.

Separately, the Food and Drug Administration approved a version of Quidel Corp.'s QuickVue flu test that can detect swine flu, the company said Thursday.

Quidel said the FDA approved a package insert that includes cultures taken from swine flu strains. The QuickVue Influenza A+B test can detect the flu within about 10 minutes after a swab is taken from a patient's nose. The company said QuickVue test sales surged in the third quarter, and it is now producing the tests seven days a week to meet demand.

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