The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced on Monday that it will pursue the production of vaccine against the H7N9 avian flu virus that is still spreading across China. The ministry aims to develop the vaccine as soon as possible before the virus mutates and imposes further risk to humans.
A virus strain imported by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases from Britain will be used in producing the vaccine, which is expected to be available by early next year. Clinical tests on animals will first be performed before making the vaccine available for human use. The ministry is now in collaboration with a manufacturing company that will develop the vaccine beginning this month.