23 June 2009, Tuesday, 15:36

“IMMUNOPREPARAT” begins production of vaccine against “pig flu”

author: Eugene Rakhimkulov

The company “IMMUNOPREPARAT” in Bashkortostan starts production of the mono-vaccine against “pig flu”. News-secretary of the enterprise Guzelle Usupova reports the virus strain is already obtained from Saint-Petersburg. This highly pathogenic material was delivered from the US Center on control over infectious sickness rate. The head of the shop of anti-flu vaccines Vita Lukonina says till August 13 they have to adapt the virus strain and to prepare the necessary material. After that the material will be thoroughly checked jointly with the State Institute of standardization and control of medical preparations by Leo Tarasevitch in Moscow. It will be analyzed on toxicity, sterility, the absence of alien viruses and bacteria, infection activity and other indices. After that three experimental series of Ufa vaccine will be manufactured and this vaccine will be tested on volunteers. Only after the positive conclusion is obtained the company may start production of this immune-biological preparation. Production of the Russian vaccine allows medics to protect population of Bashkortostan and the whole of Russia from the pandemic of a new flu.

At present time there are three established cases of infection with this virus in Russia, besides two patients are found under supervision of medics in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg on suspicion of the “pig flu”. According to the World Health Organization information more than 52 thousand people are infected with virus in the world. 231 people died. The largest number of “pig flu” cases is registered in the USA (21449), Mexico (7624), Canada (57100, Chile (4315) and in the Great Britain (2506). In a whole the cases of “pig flu” are registered in 99 countries.