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China's Sinovac Draws Criticism For Reporting H1N1 Vaccine Success

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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The claim of China's Sinovac Biotech that initial trials of its H1N1 flu vaccine were successful has drawn criticism of some foreign health officials as being precipitous. The head of the U.S. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases was among the officials who said it was impossible to evaluate Sinovac's claim of safety based on testing of only a single dose of the vaccine. He and others noted the company did not reveal the size of the dose, the amount of the virus used or if the dose was administered as a booster to the immune system. Sinovac said the single shot produced flu antibodies and side effects were similar to those resulting from a typical flu shot. (Click here for more

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