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Flu vaccine may have to be airlifted into Britain to prevent a winter crisis in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the largest producer of the shots, the Times of London notes. Hugo Fry, U.K. chief of the French drugs giant Sanofi (SNY), said the extreme measure may be needed because of the threat of crucial supplies being stuck in long lines at the British border. Sanofi, which distributes the vaccine by trucks from Normandy, has decided to increase its drug stockpile in case Britain fails to secure a trade deal before leaving the E.U. in March. But vaccine for winter 2019-20 wouldn’t be added to those reserves because it normally arrives in the U.K. in the preceding August.