More Bluetongue Vaccine Doses On the Way, Says NFU

UK - DEFRA is near to ordering another 8 million doses of bluetongue vaccine to ensure the whole of England is covered, according to NFU head of food and farming Kevin Pearce.
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The Government has so far ordered 22.5 million doses of vaccine for the BTV8 strain of the virus, including 20 million doses for England, plus 2.5 million for Wales. However, Mr Pearce said this was not sufficient to cover all susceptible livestock in England.

“Discussions are going on with Ministers about ordering additional vaccine. We need another 8m doses to complete vaccination in England and I am hopeful we will see some positive results on that soon. I think we have a very good case,” he said.

Mr Pearce predicted that at least five million doses would be available by the end of May to begin vaccination in the east of England, a scenario that would exceed formal expectations.

Source: FarmersGuardian
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