New Human Bird Flu Vaccine Virus Developed – Xinhua

From Xinhua, via China Daily:
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A new recombinant H5N1 vaccine virus has been developed in China and is available for researchers and companies that want to develop or produce the H5N1 vaccine for human use, an official with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

Shu Yuelong, senior official with Chinese CDC, said the new vaccine virus was developed by the Chinese CDC and U.S. CDC from the cases of human infections of the deadly virus in southern China. [Full Text]

Related Xinhua report: “Dead bird tested positive for H5N1 virus in HK“, which says”The dead body of a scaly-breasted Munia found last week in the street of Hong Kong was confirmed to be H5N1 positive after a series of laboratory tests, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) of Hong Kong said Saturday. It is the first case of H5N1 avian influenza strain ever reported in Hong Kong this winter.”

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