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EU Allow Preemptive Vaccination

12 December 2008

EU - The European Commission’s decision to allow pre-emptive vaccination against bluetongue in countries where the disease has still to be confirmed mirrors ideas put forward in an EU-wide website petition, organised by the National Beef Association’s Scottish Council, when it was frustrated by Scotland’s inability to take direct protective action this summer.

The contents of the NBA petition, which was circulated to the Scottish Government, MPs and MEPs was taken up strongly by Alyn Smith MEP who pressed for low-risk countries, lying outside bluetongue protection zones (PZs), to be able to distribute vaccine ahead of the actual arrival of the disease.

The Association is pleased these actions have been successful and the Commission is no longer discouraging protective vaccination campaigns outside the PZ.

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Source: Stackyard


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