Vietnam may begin producing bird flu
vaccines for humans next year, according to the National Institute of Hygiene
and Epidemiology's director Nguyen Tran Hien.
institute, which started researching development of the vaccine in 2005, is now
producing an experimental version of the vaccine and testing its safety and
tests will facilitate the production and use of the vaccine for humans,"
institute plans to carry out clinical trials of the vaccine at the end of this
year, said Hien, adding that their research results would then be submitted to
Ministry of Health.
institute's statistics showed that between 2007 and 2010, there were 5 to 7
people contracting bird flu
each year in Vietnam.
The cases were reported in provinces across the country, and most people had
become infected after being in contact or eating poultry during the end of
winter and beginning of spring. However, there is still no concrete proof that
the disease can be transmitted from human to human.
has re-emerged in ten provinces across the country, including Thanh Hoa, Quang
Tri, Soc Trang and Ha Nam. Concerns have grown over bird flu
recently as the virus is mutating into a new form that will require the
development of a new vaccine.
warned that unless proper preventive measures are taken, more people may catch bird flu.