First TB Vaccine For Badgers Authorised

UK - The first tuberculosis (TB) vaccine for badgers has now been licensed for use. Defra will introduce the BadgerBCG vaccine this summer as part of the Badger Vaccine Deployment Project. It will be used in the six areas in England most affected by TB in cattle.
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The Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) led the research programme, working closely with the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), to generate the data on the safety and efficacy of BCG in badgers necessary for the licensing of BadgerBCG. VLA is the holder of the marketing authorisation.

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said: “This marketing authorisation would not have been possible without the dedicated work of the scientists at VLA and Fera. It reflects 10 years and £11 million of Defra-funded research and development.”

Glyn Hewinson, Head of the TB Group at VLA, said: “VLA is very proud to have led this successful programme of work and to be the Marketing Authorisation Holder of BadgerBCG. It is the culmination of many years work by a large number of talented people. As a result, vaccination is now another tool in the toolbox in the fight against bovine TB.”

The Badger Vaccine Deployment Project is funded by Defra and is being run by Fera. It will involve trapping and vaccinating badgers, for five years, in six areas from the worst affected parts of Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Devon. Vaccination will commence in summer 2010.

It aims to build confidence in the principle and practicalities of vaccination. It will develop practical know-how for vaccinating badgers and will provide an opportunity to learn how best to address practical difficulties. For more information see  

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