Russian scientists from St.Petersburg will soon start developing the country’s first orally administered vaccine against the lethal H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus.
The important difference with the orally administered vaccine is the possibility of immunizing birds by mixing the drug with fodder and drinking water.
This would enable a reduction in the expenses and time necessary to vaccinate birds, as it takes 30 seconds to make an intramuscular vaccine injection to one bird. If the orally administered vaccine is used, thousands of birds could be vaccinated simultaneously.
Two St. Petersburg institutes would work on developing the drug. The first vaccine is likely to appear in a year.