Switzerland said it will destroy its remaining 3.4 million unused doses of vaccines against the H1N1 virus by the end of the year.
Swiss-based medical technology company Synthes said on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement on a $21.3 billion takeover by US health care giant Johnson & Johnson.
Switzerland may be particularly prone to natural disasters like avalanches and landslides, but some cantons have been slow to assess the risks in their territories, reports say.
Ten helicopters and 350 firemen were on Tuesday battling a forest fire near the town of Viege in the south of drought-stricken Switzerland.
A 36-year-old Indian man drowned on Tuesday in Switzerland's Lake Brienz, police have said.