International experts from as far away as New Zealand will gather in Cardiff today to advance current thinking on the role that a cattle vaccine should play in TB eradication.
International experts from as far away as New Zealand will gather in Cardiff today (December 10, 2012) to advance current thinking on the role that a cattle vaccine should play in TB eradication.
The Welsh Government is hosting a two day workshop to consider how cattle vaccination could contribute to TB eradication, while looking to ensure Wales is ready to utilise a BCG vaccination once such a vaccine is approved for use by the EU.
Speaking ahead of the event, John Griffiths, minister for environment and sustainable development, said: “Here in Wales we already have a comprehensive range of measures in place to tackle bovine TB, however we are always looking at how we can improve our approach and are keen to keep pace with scientific advances.
“I am very pleased to welcome some of the world’s leading experts in cattle vaccination to Wales for what I am confident will be a valuable event, and one that will move us closer to our goal of a cattle vaccination strategy for Wales.
“Such a strategy is a high priority for the Welsh Government. We know it is going to take time to get there, and that there are technical and legislative hurdles to be overcome but we are keen to do all we can to accelerate the process and make cattle vaccination a reality in Wales.”
The workshop is due to be attended by more than 40 leading figures in the field, from organisations such as the TB Control Programme Technical Advisory Group, AHVLA, FAO and New Zealand’s Animal Health Board.
Wales’ CVO Christianne Glossop said: “This workshop is a milestone in a long but important journey and it is another key step towards making Wales TB free.”