The BVA has reacted with disappointment, but overall understanding, to the Welsh Government’s decision to suspend it’s bTB vaccination programme on badgers due to a global shortage of the BCG vaccine.

badgersThe badger vaccine is the same formula as the vaccine used in humans and the World Health Organization has called on all countries to review their BCG usage to ensure countries with the highest human TB rates receive priority and target individuals who will benefit most from BCG vaccination.

Given the fact one badger vaccine equates to 10 human adult doses or 20 human infant doses, deputy minister for farming and food Rebecca Evans has decided to suspend vaccination until the global supply for humans is adequate.

Neil Paton, president of the BVA Welsh branch, said: “This is disappointing news and will be a significant blow to the bTB eradication programme in Wales. However, it is clear the one health and human health agenda should take priority in this case.

“We urge the Welsh Government to reconsider its eradication programme as a matter of urgency, particularly in relation to wildlife control.

“We welcome the move to commission modelling work to evaluate the impact of suspension and we are keen to work with the Government to identify an evidence-based solution to this problem so any potential progress made in Wales is not lost.”

BVA president Sean Wensley added: “This development further emphasises the need for the agricultural sector to have as many tools in the toolbox as possible to fight bTB.

“It is right that public health takes priority, but it is regrettable the supply chain is so vulnerable and we would want to see more security in the future.

“We also expect the global shortage will affect the bTB eradication programmes in England and Northern Ireland, both of which include an element of badger vaccination. We will continue to engage with all UK Governments to push for comprehensive and evidence-based eradication strategies.”

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar

wpDiscuz

related content

HealthforAnimals used the fifth Global Animal Health Conference in India to call for greater cooperation between national governments to improve market access for veterinary medicines.

4 mins

A fund-raising campaign seeking to provide continued veterinary support to the Pine Marten Recovery Project comes to an end this Tuesday (6 December).

4 mins

The global nature of the equine industry makes it vital to consider the constant risk of notifiable exotic diseases. Josh Slater lists those relevant to the UK and emphasises the importance of awareness and risk-based biosecurity.

25 mins

The UK’s chief veterinary officer has welcomed a report revealing a significant reduction in the use of antibiotics in UK food-producing animals, but warned companion animal vets: “You’re not off the hook by any means.”

5 mins

Pet insurance is “a mess” and unless the veterinary profession and insurance industry collaborate more effectively, clients face a future of rising premiums and reduced cover, leading insurance specialists have said.

5 mins

Major veterinary associations are leading calls for livestock and horse owners to take precautionary measures to protect their animals from flooding as weather warnings are issued across the UK.

4 mins