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Indonesia strives to have sufficient bird flu vaccine

06-25-2012 14:16 BJT

JAKARTA, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi said on Monday the country was attempting to produce bird flu vaccine to a sufficient level when the pandemic takes place.

The minister said that although the H5N1 virus attack had eased recently, the country needed to remain alert on the dangers as it has killed seven people this year in Indonesia.

Minister Nafsiah said that Indonesia needed over 50,000 units vaccine to be used when pandemic occurred and to help other countries.

"The process of production has been done in Bandung (the capital of West Java province). We must be ready when pandemic take place. We need over 50,000 units vaccines for it and to assist foreign countries," she said at the parliament building.

The minister said that thousands of vaccines had been produced so far.

Bird flu had attacked Indonesia, the hardest, since 2005, and then the attacks eased significantly. But, it has reemerged since last year, killing nine people in 2011.

Concerns on the bird flu attacks appear in the region following the reports of the death on the viruses in Indonesia, Cambodia, China and Vietnam.

Editor:Sun Luying |Source: Xinhua

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