Bluetongue vaccine 'set for approval'
PUBLISHED: 14:32 29 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:23 28 March 2014
MARCH 29, 2008: The first vaccine able to protect livestock from the BTV8 strain of the
bluetongue virus is close to receiving official approval.
The approval, when confirmed, will pave the way for the first deliveries of the vaccine to veterinary practices in May.
A Joint campaign Against Bluetongue (JAB) has been launched by the industry and Defra to encourage uptake when the vaccine becomes available.
Another pharmaceutical company, Fort Dodge, believes it will also have another five million doses available in May. The company has submitted its BTV8 vaccine dossier to the VMD.