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Shanghai-made vaccines on the way

SHANGHAI-MADE swine flu vaccines will hit the market by October, among the first domestically-manufacturered A-type H1N1 flu vaccines in China.

Production will start soon after the Shanghai Institute of Biological Products, the city's only licensed flu vaccine developer and producer, obtains the A-type H1N1 flu virus strains this week, today's Shanghai Morning Post reported.

The institute, one of 11 companies in China licensed to develop and manufacture swine flu vaccine, has started vaccine development based on the virus strain released by the World Health Organization.

The institute will continue production of other seasonal flu vaccines as scheduled.

Close monitoring of subjects after vaccination will be essential to assess the new vaccine's effects as the A-type H1N1 flu originates from a new virus, medical experts said. There is little clinic data about the vaccine, they said.

Nationally four or five companies have obtained virus strains, Yan Jiangying, the spokesperson with State Food and Drug Administration, said yesterday.

The rest of the 11 licensed companies will get the strains this week. A vaccine could be produced as early as around the end of next month.

The National Development and Reform Commission and the Industry and Information Technology Ministry will set the prices for the vaccines and the country will decide who should be vaccinated, according to Yan.


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