Shortage means EU must work on fair vaccine distribution

November 2007
Farmers Weekly;11/23/2007, Vol. 147 Issue 21, p52
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This article reports on the warning made by the European Commission that mass vaccination of bluetongue-susceptible animals is unlikely to happen until 2009. While the spread of the BTV8 strain has now reached "endemic" proportions, there are just three animal health companies developing a vaccine and this will not be available in sufficient quantity before the midge season starts in spring 2009. The commission said vaccines were already being used effectively on some bluetongue serotypes in Spain and Italy.


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