'Bird flu' checks stepped up

Subject: 'Bird flu' checks stepped up
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 09:53:59 +1000
On Tue, Sep 27, 2005 at 08:14:25PM +0930, Judy Philip wrote:
> No doubt it is true that the effectiveness of existing vaccines (e.g.
> Relenza and Tamiflu - the latter being stockpiled by Indonesia according to
> newspaper reports) could change

Relenza and Tamiflu are anti-viral drugs not vaccines.  With no available
vaccine, it is hoped that quick deployment of anti-virals might stem
an outbreak.  A vaccine would be much more useful.   One manufacturer,
Aventis, has successfully tested a vaccine against H5N1, although the
dose required is unfortunately large.  Other manufacturers, including
CSL here in Australia, are currently testing vaccines.  Assuming they
are effective, production of the millions of doses needed would take a
number of months.

And to add some bird content, there is a paper describing what is known
about avian influenza in Australian birds here:

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