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.
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