Vietnamese bird flu vaccine tested on humans
Following successful testing on animals, a Vietnamese
health institute has asked the Health Ministry for permission to test its bird
flu vaccine among humans.
According to the Vietnamese health institute - the Nha Trang Institute of
Vaccines and Medical Biological (IVAC) - the first 5,000 doses of its vaccine
were tested on rats and chickens with positive results.
In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) funded the institute with
approx. US$2.7 mln. This money was used to help build a vaccine factory, which
is still under construction, with annual capacity of 500,000-1,000,000 doses. It
is anticipated that the factory will become operational in 2009.
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