China Unveils First H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine
China makes available the first swine flu vaccine, which will be ready in the market in September of 2009. The news about the Chinese H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine is announced by the Sina Agency.
Particularly Sina reports that China's first batch of A/H1N1 flu vaccines were produced by a pharmaceutical firm Monday. "The vaccines are expected to hit the market in September after safety tests in labs and clinical tests, said Hualan Biological Engineering Inc. The company received the seed virus from a World Health Organization (WHO) lab on June 4."
According to the report China has already produced 90 thousand doses of Swine Flue vaccines.
The Russian Newsru.com, referring to RIA Novosti reports (in Russian) that in the next 40-50 days the Chinese H1N1 Swine Flu vaccines will be test and be made available in hospitals in September of this year. By October all groups that are at risk for Swine Flu virus will be vaccinated.
Experts says that children who are under seven, are at most risk of H1N1. People with chronic cardiovascular and lung diseases, diabetes as well as people who are in disturbingly depressive conditions are also at risk for being contracted by Swine Flu.
The Chinese production of the Swine Flu vaccine began in early June. It involves 11 pharmaceutical Chinese companies who are engaged in swine flu vaccine research. The government plans to make up to 360 million doses of swine flu vaccines per year.
The Chinese government so far has allocated nearly 725 million dollars for the Swine flu research and vaccine production, reports Newsru. Meanwhile, according to recent data the World Health Organization (WHO), in 95 countries around the world, officially confirmed 44,287 influenza H1N1 human cases. 180 people died.