Trial Vaccine for A (H1N1) to be Tested on Pigs

by 5m Editor
4 June 2009, at 11:14am

MALAYSIA - A trial on a vaccine against the influenza A (H1N1) virus will be conducted to less than 10,000 pigs in Perak from next week, said Veterinary Services Department director-general Datuk Dr Abd Aziz Jamaluddin.

According to The Star, he said the test would cost RM1mil and it would take six weeks for the results to show whether the vaccine was effective in preventing pigs from contracting the virus.

"If it is proven effective, we will present a Cabinet paper to propose the vaccination off all 1.7 million pigs nationwide," he told a press conference here Thursday.

He said vaccination for all pigs in the country would cost RM30mil a year and the money was worth spending if it could protect the public’s health.