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World''s first swine flu vaccine trials start in Australia

July 27, 2009
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Two Australian biotechnology companies have started inoculating adult volunteers in the world''s first H1N1 swine flu vaccine trials, with the hope of producing an effective shot against the virus that has so far killed more than 700 people worldwide, reports HealthDay News. Adelaide-based Vaxine initiated trials with 300 participants, while Melbourne''s CSL has 240 people in its seven-month study. Australia has had 14,703 confirmed cases of swine flu, and at least 41 deaths, according to the Associated Press. The winter flu season is well under way in the Southern Hemisphere, but both companies said it would be at least six weeks before results of the initial trials are known. When the H1N1 swine flu virus first surfaced in Mexico and then the United States in mid-April, infections in the Southern Hemisphere continue to be relatively mild, much like the seasonal flu, and recovery is fairly quick. As vaccine development continues, the H1N1 swine flu virus continues to sweep around the world.

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