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Russians: Human Bird Flu Vaccine Can Be Ready In A Month

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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>Russians: Human Bird Flu Vaccine Can Be Ready In A Month
    by RIA Novosti, Apr 28, 2006</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top>MOSCOW, April 28 - If a form of bird flu that can be transmitted from human to human develops, Russia will be ready with a vaccine within a month, the health minister said Friday.

    Although there have been dozens of fatalities from consumption of contaminated poultry throughout the world since the first outbreak in Southeast Asia in 2004, no cases of the virus being transmitted from one person to another have been recorded, and so no vaccine has yet been made.

    "Only when a pandemic virus strain develops will a vaccine be created, and it will not take long - only about a month," Mikhail Zurabov said after a meeting of health ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) industrial nations in Moscow.

    He said Russian scientists were working on two potential vaccines.
    "The vaccines have undergone pre-clinical tests ... and I hope they will be completed in three to four months," Health Minister Zurabov said.
    He also said that Russia and other former Soviet republics were monitoring the bird flu virus, and placed identified strains in a special bank.

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