SCHMALLENBERG VACCINE TO BE AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER

Tuesday (21st May) saw official confirmation that the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) had licenced MSD Animal Health’s Schmallenberg vaccine.

The VMD’s CEO Pete Borriello said:
 
“This is the culmination of intensive activity on the part of MSD Animal Health and
the VMD to make a safe and effective vaccine available to tackle Schmallenberg.
 
Without in any way compromising the scientificrigour of our assessment process, we
accelerated our assessment so that a vaccine will be available this summer.”
 
This means it will be possible to vaccinate sheep and cattle before most of them
become pregnant. This is important as itis during pregnancy when exposure to the
virus can cause damage to the foetus.”
 
Voluntary reports from our farmers showthat 1,753 farms throughout Great Britain
have now tested positive for the virus.