Infectious Diseases 2006

Infectious Diseases 2006

Vietnam centers on avian influenza vaccination

6 May, 2006

Since early 2006, Vietnam has imported 150 million doses of poultry vaccines against avian influenza H5N1 strain from China. Additional 150 million doses will arrive in Vietnam this month.
Since March, Vietnam has vaccinated 65 million fowls in over 50 cities and provinces nationwide. Vietnam is trying to complete the first batch of vaccination among 120 million poultry by late May.
In 2005, Vietnam imported 350 million doses of avian influenza vaccines from China, and a small amount from a couple of other countries to vaccinate chickens and ducks.
Vietnam used 300 million doses of vaccines in 84 million chickens and 40 million ducks last year. The Vietnamese government has allocated 15.3 million U.S. dollars for bird flu vaccination among poultry in the 2005-2006 period (Xinhua).