Vietnam succeeds with anti-H5N1 vaccine
thousands of poultry, accounting for 80% of the tested poultry, could be
actually rendered immune to the virus.
According to a
report from the Vietnamese
Biotechnology Institute, scientists have succeeded in producing vaccines
against the H5N1 strain of avian
According to Huy Nga, Director of the Department of
Preventive Medicine under the Health Ministry, researchers from the Ho Chi Minh
City-based Pasteur Institute have succeeded in completely decoding the gene of
the H5N1 virus, type A, in
the way for defining variations and transmission mechanism of the bird flu
virus. The research lasted for one year with the participation of Dr. Le Thanh
Hoa, the first Vietnamese researcher able to decode the H5N1 gene.
The researchers, in collaboration with their colleagues from the
Pasteur Institute in central coastal Nha Trang city, are carrying out more
research to produce anti-H5N1 vaccine for humans.
According to Hoa, the vaccinations that have been used for domestic
fowls since 2004 are considered effective, as the past years haven't seen any
mutation of the virus neither in Vietnam nor in Asia.
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