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JAKARTA: Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi said on Monday the country is attempting to produce sufficient bird flu vaccine, Xinhua news agency reported.
The minister said although H5N1 virus attacks had eased recently, the country needs to remain alert to possible risk as the virus has killed seven people in the country in 2012.
She said thousands of vaccines had been produced so far and Indonesia needs more than 50,000 units vaccine in case a pandemic occurs and to assist foreign countries as well.
"Production of the flu vaccine has been done in Bandung (capital of West Java province). We must be ready when an outbreak takes place," Nafsiah said.
Indonesia was hit hardest by the bird virus since 2005 but cases have eased significantly. It re-emerged again last year and claimed the lives of nine people. -- BERNAMA