NO POK AT ALL: Saudi firm to produce halal vaccine

Three halal vaccines being produced by a Saudi corporation in collaboration with Malaysia’s Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) are expected to be ready in three years, reported Malaysian news agency Bernama on Wednesday.

HDC Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin said the vaccines that are the focus of local and international scientists and Shariah experts, are meant to treat meningitis, hepatitis and meningococcal.

“We are finding ways to convert the vaccines to make it halal and hope to complete it as soon as possible,” he told the media after the official opening of the World Halal Week 2014 here on Wednesday.

The World Halal Week 2014 was launched by Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Established in September 2006, the HDC coordinates the overall development of the halal industry in Malaysia.

While focusing on the development of halal standards, audit and certification, as well as capacity building for halal products and services, the HDC also promotes participation and facilitates the growth of Malaysian companies in the global halal market.

Jamil said vaccines, especially that for meningitis, are required for those who perform the Haj, but are currently pork-based. He said non pork-based vaccines will be in high demand, not only among Muslims but also non-Muslims…

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