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First vaccine against bird flu to be made in Hungary

Hungarian biochemists have been developing a vaccine against bird flu and the first human trials are ready to begin, said deputy national medical chief Kornélia Molnár to national daily Népszabadság. The first tests on humans are planned to be carried out next week after ongoing animal tests have been completed and the necessary permits for the active ingredient have been acquired. National medical chief László Bujdosó will be among the first 150 people volunteering to test the vaccine. If it proves to be effective, manufacturing will begin. In three months enough vaccine can be made to vaccinate those susceptible, and after six months there will be enough to vaccinate anyone, Molnár added. This will be the first bird flu vaccine for humans in the world to contain not weakened virus but devitalized one. Several neighbouring countries have already expressed an interest in the vaccine.