Chinese researchers have developed a vaccine for H7N9 bird flu virus which left more than 45 dead in China during the last few months.

Shu Yuelong, director of the Chinese National Influenza Center, said this is the first influenza vaccine ever developed by Chinese scientists.

The vaccine has provided important technical support to battle the new flu strain, making contribution to the H7N9 flu virus epidemic control all over the world, said Shu, also director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza.

The vaccine was jointly developed by the First Affiliated Hospital under the School of Medicine of the Zhejiang University, Hong Kong University, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Food and Drug Control, and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, state run Xinhua news agency reported.

Currently, the vaccine has passed the test on ferrets, which was conducted by the Institute of Laboratory Animal Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.

Source: Zee News

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