Schmallenberg vaccine at least two years away

It will take at least two years before a vaccine to control the newly discovered Schmallenberg virus. The vacine needs to be developed, thoroughly tested and then manufactured.

Carl Padgett, Chair of the British Veterinary Association told Farmers Weekly that it took between one and a half to two years to develop a vaccine against blue tongue. The reason why it takes so long is partly because it is time consuming to develop a treatment and then test if it really works. How long the process to get a vaccine to the market takes also depends on the level of financial support that is available. The reason why the vaccine against blue tongue was developed in a relativley short time was according to Padgett because the development was given significant financial support from governments across Europe.

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