Hungary may test bird-flu vaccine on Police
Thursday, June 29, 2006, 10:28
Hungarian medical authorities are asking police to volunteer for clinical trials of the country's human avian influenza vaccine next month, Népszabadság reported, citing a letter from the Interior Ministry. Medical directors are seeking 240 police officers to volunteer for the four-month trial, the newspaper reported. Police have not yet decided whether to participate and it is not certain how much time officers would have to take off from work, Népszabadság said, citing police spokesman László Garamvölgyi. Hungary wants a total of 500 volunteers for the trial, including the elderly and children. Hungary and its private partner, Omninvest, announced they had developed the world's first vaccine to protect humans against H5N1 in October. The World Health Organization said May 31 it hasn't seen conclusive proof the vaccine works.