HANOI, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam has imported 200
million doses of bird flu vaccines for poultry from China since early this
month, local newspaper Saigon Liberation reported Tuesday.
Of the total vaccines, 100 million doses will be used
to vaccinate fowls in the southern region, and the rest in the northern and
central ones, the paper quoted the Department of Animal Health under the
Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The country has so far this year vaccinated over 164
million fowls in 63 out of its 64 cities and provinces, including nearly 87.4
million chickens, over 72.8 million ducks and roughly 3.9 million white-winged
ducks, said the department.
Bird flu is now hitting three communes in northern
Thai Nguyen province and the two southern provinces of Dong Thap and Tra Vinh,
according to the department.
Bird flu outbreaks in Vietnam, starting in December
2003, have killed and led to the forced culling of dozens of millions of fowls
in the country.