Source Pravda.Ru

Indonesia wants to get newly developed bird flu vaccine from Hungary

Indonesia's president will ask Hungary for its newly developed bird flu vaccine, a minister confirmed Thursday.

Hungarian officials said last week that preliminary experiments with an H5N1 vaccine show it can protect humans and animals from bird flu - although the World Health Organization so far has not commented on the validity of the findings.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wants the vaccine for Indonesia, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda stated. The government also will continue to strengthen its stock of the coveted anti-flu drug Tamiflu.

Inthe meanwhile bird flu has killed more than 60 people in Southeast Asia since 2003, including three in Indonesia.

Most human cases have been linked to contact with sick birds. But health officials warn the virus could mutate into a form that can be easily passed between humans, possibly triggering a global pandemic that could kill millions.

Hungary has been approached by several other countries and pharmaceutical companies about the newly developed vaccine.

Hariadi Wibisono, an Indonesian Health Ministry official, said his government should test the vaccine to make sure it will be successful in Indonesia before stocking up.

If it's effective, he said, the government should try to find a way to produce the drug locally, the AP reports.

Comments
Kremlin reacts to Russian model poisoning in Salisbury
Russia sees Israel as enemy after Il-20 shootdown
MiG-31 supersonic fighter jet crashes in Central Russia, pilots eject
MiG-31 supersonic fighter jet crashes in Central Russia, pilots eject
Most Russians want smartphones banned in schools
MiG-31 supersonic fighter jet crashes in Central Russia, pilots eject
Russia sees Israel as enemy after Il-20 shootdown
MiG-31 supersonic fighter jet crashes in Central Russia, pilots eject
Russia sees Israel as enemy after Il-20 shootdown
Trump sows death in Gaza Strip as US to celebrate opening embassy in Jerusalem
Russian Navy admiral says Russia will torpedo US warships, if need be
Russian Navy admiral says Russia will torpedo US warships, if need be
MiG-31 supersonic fighter jet crashes in Central Russia, pilots eject
Former GRU officer exposes two Russian Salisbury spies
Africa's heart bleeds, who is to blame?
How Russia can respond to Israel following Ilyushin Il20 shootdown
Africa's heart bleeds, who is to blame?
Woman sucks her men dry in bed like female spider
China wages trade war against US, remains largest investor in US debt
Russia mourns victims of Ilyushin Il-20 shootdown
How Russia can respond to Israel following Ilyushin Il20 shootdown