Indonesia ready to produce AI vaccine for humans

19-09-2011 | |

The deputy of Indonesian Coordinating People’s Welfare Ministry, Emil Agustiono, has said that the country is ready to produce H5N1 vaccine for humans.

“Airlangga University in Surabaya has prepared the master seed. This master seed then will be produced to be a vaccine by Bio Farma,” Agustiono informed.

Related to the master seed, Prof. CA Nidom of Avian Influenza Research Center of Airlangga University said that the research had been started in 2005 in cooperation with molecular biologists from Japan. He continued, around 170 variants of avian influenza virus have been found in Indonesia. All variants were then classified into three different types: infecting animal, infecting human and infecting both animal and human. “By following the WHO’s recommendations, finally we found the variant which fulfill the aspect of immunology and its compatibility with field virus as master seed for vaccine,” he said.