Bird flu vaccines tested on humans
It has been reported this week that Vietnam's Health
Ministry will allow the use of locally-produced bird flu vaccines to be tested
on humans on a trial basis.
The Military Medical Institute will use vaccines produced by local company
Vabiotech for the 8-month trial vaccination period, beginning this month. The
vaccines were tested on animals in 2007 and apparently proved effective.
To date, Vietnam has reported a total of 106 human cases of bird flu
infections, including 52 fatalities, in 35 cities and provinces since bird flu
first hit the country in December 2003. It is believed that the World Health
Organization has yet to confirm the latest case.
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