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Tests of New H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Begin

The St. Petersburg Scientific Flu Institute on Thursday began testing a vaccine against H1N1 flu that was developed in St. Petersburg.

On Thursday morning the Institute’s specialists selected 30 volunteers for testing of the vaccine, which was administered through the nose. For the next week the volunteers will remain in the Institute’s clinic for observation.

In a week’s time another group of 30 volunteers will continue the testing process.

The volunteers include teachers, doctors, workers and students, said Igor Nikanorov, a scientist at the Institute.

“Among our volunteers there are people who regularly take part in our testing. Some people do it because they want to get vaccinated earlier or because they are planning to go somewhere, and they also get financial compensation for their work,” Nikanorov said.

Immunity against a flu virus usually develops ten to 14 days after the vaccination, when the Institute’s experts will take blood tests from the volunteers, Nikanoforov said.

Several medical and scientific institutions in the country are currently working on developing a vaccine against the H1N1 virus.

Gennady Onischenko, Russia’s main sanitary doctor has said that vaccination of the population against H1N1 will begin in December of 2009.

As of Sept. 9, Russia had registered 320 cases of H1N1, Onischenko said, Interfax reported.

A total of 270,000 people worldwide have suffered from the H1N1 flu, with at least 3,400 fatalities.


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