Friday, May 24, 2013

Taiwan receives H7N9 candidate vaccine viruses from U.S.

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Taiwan has received a shipment of candidate vaccine viruses from the United States to develop a vaccine against human infections of H7N9 avian influenza, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.

The candidate viruses, provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were delivered to Taiwan May 18, Deputy Health Minister Lin Tzou-yien.

The CDC officially notified Taiwan May 23 that the candidate viruses had passed biological safety tests and could be handled in a Biosafety Level-2 facility, Lin said.

In addition, Japan has also agreed to provide Taiwan with H7N9 candidate viruses, according to the DOH.