MALAYSIA WANTS TO PRODUCE POULTRY VACCINES - MUHYIDDIN

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WASHINGTON, June 28 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is exploring opportunities to

produce vaccines for the Newcastle Disease and Avian Influenza poultry diseases

which incur huge losses to the national livestock industry, said Malaysian

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said Malaysia was desirous of establishing collaboration with any

research institution which could come up with the vaccines as there was a dire

need for them.

Muhyiddin, who was given a briefing on seven types of research related to

biotechnology, agriculture and veterinary services during a visit to the

University of Maryland here Monday, said Malaysia was keen to establish

collaboration with institutions which had undertaken research on the Newcastle

Disease and Avian Influenza poultry vaccines.

"There is a dire need (to produce the vaccines). We have yet to overcome

this problem. Perhaps, with this collaboration (with the University of

Maryland), we can benefit. They have started projects in which we share an

interest," he told Malaysian journalists after the visit.

The University of Maryland, which Muhyiddin visited as part of his four-day

visit to Washington beginning Sunday, is recognised as a leading public research

university in the United States. Eighteen Malaysian students are pursuing their

Masters degrees at the university.

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Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, proposed a framework of

collaboration or memorandum between Malaysia and the university to enable

relevant agencies in Malaysia to establish collaboration in research, such as

the production of animal vaccines.

He said the University of Maryland had forged collaboration with many

countries which had benefited from its research projects, such as the production

of animal vaccines in Indonesia, Mexico and African countries.

"It is necessary to have a memorandum for us to identify areas of

collaboration so that it can yield much benefit for Malaysia," he said.

He said he was informed that the University of Maryland had begun

collaboration with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) on vaccines, and he wanted it

to progress to a more concrete stage.

-- BERNAMA

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