Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Tests of bird flu vaccine on volunteers begin in Moscow

Testing of a bird flu vaccine for humans has begun at the Mechnikov vaccine research center in Moscow on Tuesday.

“All the rules have been observed. The vaccination program was approved by the committee for ethics and all volunteers have been insured,” Vitaly Zverev, the director of the center, told a Tuesday news conference.

Zverev said that the tests would be conducted at his center and the flu research institute of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. A total of 240 volunteers will be involved. The tests are expected to end by mid-August.

“There is a probability now that the H5N1 virus will mutate so much that it may cause a pandemic by transmitting from human to human. We should be prepared for that,” Zverev said.

Avian influenza article source

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