A vaccine factory capable of producing about 1.5 million doses of A/H5N1 influenza vaccine for human use a year became operational on December 12 in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa.

According to the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biology (IVAC) under the Ministry of Health, factory is one of the six first ones funded by the World Health Organisation in developing countries.

Approved by the Prime Minister in 2008, the factory, which meets the good manufacturing practice standard known as WHO-GMP, successfully apply the technology of producing the vaccine from inseminated eggs.

A farm breeding 7,000 chickens to provide biologically safe materials for the factory was set up.

In 2011, IVAC produced three lots of A/H1N1 influenza vaccine which were successfully tested on human in southern Long An province.

Nine more lots were produced in 2012, meeting the quality standards of the WHO and European Pharmacopoeia. The lots are now being tested.

Established in 1978 in Nha Trang city, the IVAC’s function is to research and manufacture vaccines and medical biological products and provide related services and consultations.-VNA