Malaysia To Produce World’s First Halal Vaccine For Meningitis – Mustapa

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Malaysia is to produce world’s first halal vaccine for “meningitis” (inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord).The vaccine, which will particularly benefit thousands of Haj pilgrims, will be produced by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in two years.Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said USM would work with the Finlay Institute in Cuba to produce the vaccine.

He said Malaysia and Cuba would share the cost for the RM3.6 million project, with the ministry providing RM2 million and Cuba footing the balance RM1.6 million.A memorandum of understanding between USM and Finlay Institute would be signed in Cuba in December, he told reporters at a Aidilfitri gathering hosted by USM’s Health Faculty.He said 12 medical specialists from USM and 30 experts from the institute would work together to produce the vaccine from halal extracts of animals slaughtered according to Islamic tenets.

Currently, the vaccine for meningitis was imported from western countries which produced it from pig extracts.

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