Jul 272012
 

Concerns about bird flu attacks surfaced following reports of deaths in Indonesia, Cambodia, China and Vietnam.

A vaccine that officials claim can prevent people contracting bird flu will be mass-produced by state pharmaceutical company Bio Farma by next year.

“I am grateful that we have made a breakthrough,” Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta said on Thursday in Makassar.

“The bird flu spores have been found. We now only need to breed them and mass-produce them.”

Gusti told reporters that the spores would later be made into a vaccine, adding that the ministry had also started developing vaccines for infants and elementary school children.

“We know that every year we buy at least five to seven million vaccines for infants from overseas that drain our money in addition to more than 12 million vaccines for school-aged children. That’s why we will continue to conduct research so that we can produce them domestically,” Gusti said.

The vaccine is the result of 10 years of intensive research, the minister added. The ministry has plans to introduce a sample of the vaccine on Aug. 10 to coincide with the 17th National Technology Awakening Day.

The government has also formed a consortium and is looking to develop vaccines for Hepatitis B and C.

Gusti added that he also continued to encourage small and medium enterprises to develop vaccines.

Bird flu hit the country hardest in 2005, after which the attacks eased significantly. But the virus has re-emerged since last year, killing nine people in 2011.

Concerns about bird flu attacks surfaced following reports of deaths in Indonesia, Cambodia, China and Vietnam.

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