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City-made H1N1 vaccine receives FDA go-ahead

THE Shanghai-made swine flu vaccine yesterday received the license for mass production from the State Food and Drug Administration, a must for government purchase and public use.

Officials of the Shanghai Institute of Biological Sciences were last night meeting the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which is in charge of vaccine production and storage, to discuss production plans.

The free vaccine, with purchase price covered by the governments, is for people aged over three and one shot is reportedly enough to protecting against the H1N1 virus.

City vaccination plans drafted by the Shanghai Health Bureau are still being evaluated by the Ministry of Health.

"We will give preferential consideration to vulnerable groups like students, the elderly, medical-care workers and public service staff as well as people working for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo," said Song Guofan, an Expo official.

Wang Mengliang, vice director of the Shanghai Institute of Biological Sciences, said domestic vaccine producers were facing a huge demand.

The Shanghai institute can produce 10 million doses of swine flu vaccine by the end of this year "but the demand is expected to be much bigger," he said.

He suggested people have seasonal flu shots if they were not included in the swine flu target population.

Wang said Shanghai planned to order 3.6 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine for Expo staff.

"It is our one-year production capacity," he said.

Shanghai reported 574 swine flu cases as of noon on Monday.

The only serious case involves a 35-year-old man who is still in hospital and showing improvement.

But he is still in a critical condition suffering from acute infections.


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