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U.S. agrees to provide Taiwan with A (H1N1) flu virus for vaccine

Health Minister Yeh Ching-chuan said on May 4 that the United States has agreed to provide Taiwan with samples of the influenza A (H1N1) virus strain ...

Health Minister Yeh Ching-chuan said on May 4 that the United States has agreed to provide Taiwan with samples of the influenza A (H1N1) virus strain ...

The United States has agreed to provide Taiwan with samples of the influenza A (H1N1) virus strain to enable Taiwan pharmaceutical companies to start developing a human vaccine against the virus that emerged in Mexico in late April, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

The A (H1N1) virus strain is expected to be delivered to Taiwan from the U.S. by May 20, said DOH Minister Yeh Ching-chuan (葉金川) Monday.

If everything goes smoothly, a vaccine against the A (H1N1) flu virus could be available to the Taiwan public by September, Yeh added.

Shih Wen-yi (施文儀), deputy director-general of the DOH Centers for Disease Control, said that some procedural details need to be completed before samples of the virus strain could be imported from the United States.

According to Yeh, the raw strain cannot be immediately used for production of a human flu vaccine, but must first be inactivated.

Once the A (H1N1) virus strain is obtained from the U.S. and inactivated, the non-profit National Health Research Institute (NHRI) can prepare to develop the vaccine, Yeh added.

"Taiwan will be able to churn out some 200,000 doses of vaccine against the A (H1N1) flu virus in three months," he claimed.

The vaccine will first be used to inoculate medical personnel, fire fighters and personnel at immigration offices, Yeh added.


Updated : 2020-12-01 17:13 GMT+08:00