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Army to build a new factory to manufacture H1N1 vaccine.

CAIRO: The Egyptian Armed Forces will build a new factory to manufacture the H1N1 vaccine vaccine

Preparation containing either killed or weakened live microorganisms or their toxins, introduced by mouth, by injection, or by nasal spray to stimulate production of antibodies against an infectious agent.
 in Sixth of October City, Mohamed Rabie, president of the Egyptian Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VASCERA), announced on TV Wednesday.

Rabie said the construction of the factory, on a 2,250-meter-square land, will not take a lot of time and work will be done "very soon."

However, Rabie explained that the start of construction is pending the Ministry of Health's approval of the vaccine's chemical formula.

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Ahmed added that that National Council for Research has all the needed technology to produce the vaccine.

Rabie's announcement follows many calls from parliament members and medical experts asking the government to produce the H1N1 vaccine locally. Production costs are lower than what it would cost to import the vaccine, according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Hamdallah Zedan, an official in the Egyptian Organization for Biological Products and Vaccines.

Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly said earlier that the ministry will not rush "into purchasing huge amounts of the H1N1 vaccine until the situation calls for it."

The Ministry of Health had only booked 5 million doses of the new vaccine; each patient is required to take two doses to be immunized from the virus, while the Egyptian population is estimated to be around 80 million.

In a recent press conference, El-Gabaly said it is not "reasonable to make the government pay millions of dollars in a disease that is not severe and can be treated with regular aspirin aspirin, acetyl derivative of salicylic acid (see salicylate) that is used to lower fever, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and thin the blood. Common conditions treated with aspirin include headache, muscle and joint pain, and the inflammation caused by rheumatic  and a few days of rest."

About 80,000 doses of the 5 million doses that Egypt has booked will be available in the country in October and to be sold at LE 35 each, which is the average price of vaccines. The regular flu vaccine

    The flu vaccine is a vaccine to protect against the highly variable influenza virus.

    The annual flu kills an estimated 36,000 people in the United States.
     in Egypt is sold with LE 30.

    Rabie noted that Egypt does not have a local factory to make regular flu vaccine.

    According to Rabie, the government had paid a lot of money to import vaccine for the regular flu, but most of it remained unused and eventually expired ex·pire  
    v. ex·pired, ex·pir·ing, ex·pires

    1. To come to an end; terminate: My membership in the club has expired.

    . This is why, he added, the government wasn't able to finance a factory for the local production of the vaccine.

    However VACSERA sees that the situation differed with the new types of flu.

    "The situation is now different with the bird flu bird flu: see influenza.
    bird flu
     or avian influenza

    viral respiratory disease, mainly of birds including poultry and waterbirds but also transmissible to humans.
     and the swine flu swine flu
    A highly contagious form of human influenza caused by a filterable virus identical or related to a virus formerly isolated from infected swine.
    , especially that health authorities have announced that bird flu has become more aggressive and that swine flu could change and become more severe. So no one can predict how it will develop and what the situation will be in the coming years," Zedan said in a previous press statement.

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