Chinese scientists have developed human vaccines for bird flu pandemic and will carry out clinical tests in a matter of days.
Liu Yanhua, vice minister of Science and Technology who is in charge of the vaccine research and development, said here Monday Chinese scientists are now keeping abreast with the peers overseas in this field.
Yin Weidong, principal investigator for the vaccine project, said they have developed vaccines on the basis of the NIBRG-14 virus strain and standardized procedure for purifying vaccines and testing virus.
Lab tests proved that the vaccines are safe and effective on mice, Yin acknowledged.
The first-phase clinical tests are scheduled from late November.
(Xinhua News Agency November 14, 2005)