Japan: Govt wants H7N9 samples early

2013-04-07 01:30:59 GMT2013-04-07 09:30:59(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The government has asked China to promptly provide H7N9 bird flu virus samples so Japanese researchers can move quickly to make a new vaccine, Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Norihisa Tamura said Friday.

"Japan is now carrying out research on the avian flu strain using data on genetic analysis supplied from China, but we cannot conduct more detailed studies since we do not have virus samples," he said.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases is expected to obtain H7N9 virus samples from the Chinese side.

Editor: Yu Runze
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