Officials in Hong Kong will begin administering 10 million doses of a new vaccine designed to protect local poultry from a mutated strain of the H5N1 bird flu before the end of the year.
Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man announced that the new Re-6 vaccine will target the H5N1 avian flu that’s commonly found in the region where poultry farms produce 1.3 million chickens during each of the three breeding seasons annually.
Each chicken is scheduled to receive two shots of the Re-6 vaccine when they turn 10 and 50 days old.
The new vaccine was developed in mainland China since June and will replace an older Re-5 vaccine starting in October.
The old vaccine has been losing its effectiveness in fighting H5N2, according to Hong Kong officials, who added that Re-6 costs 25 percent less per dose than the now-ineffective vaccine.
The move follows the recent discovery of several dead birds infected by the virus in the Hong Kong area that had been vaccinated.
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