2nd vaccine against the bluetongue virus approved for use | News item

2nd vaccine against the bluetongue virus approved for use | News item
2nd vaccine against the bluetongue virus approved for use | News item
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News item | 13-05-2024 | 06:00

Minister Adema (Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) has approved a second vaccine against the bluetongue virus for use. He decided this after a positive advice from the Veterinary Medicines Bureau of the Agency for the Evaluation of Medicines (aCBG) and the Committee for the Authorization of Veterinary Medicines. The vaccine is produced by the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. It is expected that 1.3 million doses will be delivered to the Dutch market before mid-June.

Minister Adema: “The arrival of this second vaccine gives even more certainty to animal keepers that they can vaccinate their animals in the short term. This gives hope that the keepers can have a quiet summer after a terrible period. I am grateful for the hard work of the pharmaceutical company, the assessment authorities and my ministry that allowed us to offer a safe vaccine to holders so quickly.”

Safety and efficacy of vaccines

At the request of the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, an accelerated assessment was used so that the vaccine could become available for the Dutch market as quickly as possible. Approval for use will only be given once sufficient information is available about efficacy, safety and quality. Due to good coordination between the pharmaceutical company, the Veterinary Medicines Bureau of the MEB and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, a vaccine will be available in a short time.

Availability of vaccines

It is expected that 1.3 million doses will be delivered to the Dutch market before mid-June. The vaccines are delivered to wholesalers where veterinarians can purchase them, who then schedule an appointment with the animal keepers to vaccinate.

The vaccine is available for both sheep and cattle. One dose is required for sheep and two for cattle. The sector has drawn up a vaccination strategy to distribute the vaccines, partly based on the advice of the Animal Diseases Expert Group. Vaccinating sheep has already started. The hope is that sufficient vaccination will be possible in the coming period to prevent major infections in the summer.

The article is in Dutch

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