Via China Daily, a December 23 report: Vaccines at hand for humans against bird flu. Excerpt:
China is able to mass-produce bird flu vaccines for people, a top Chinese scientist said on Sunday.
Zhong Nanshan, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and director of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases, made the remark at a Guangdong provincial government news conference.
"Once the H7N9 bird flu virus begins to infect many more people, is found spreading among humans, China will mass-produce the vaccine to help halt the virus' spread," he said. "China now has the ability since researchers have developed a vaccine virus strain of H7N9 avian influenza virus."
The vaccine was jointly developed by several institutions, including the First Affiliated Hospital to Zhejiang University's School of Medicine, Hong Kong University, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Food and Drug Control and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.
Shu Yuelong, director of the Chinese National Influenza Center, said it was the first domestically produced influenza vaccine virus strain.