USDA APHIS to Begin FMD Vaccine Bank Strategy
Courtesy of: Texas Cattle Feeders Association
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced initial plans to carry out new animal health activities using funds allocated in the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill established a three-part program to comprehensively support animal disease prevention and management and includes funding for two new programs: 1) the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (vaccine bank) and 2) the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP).
APHIS said it will issue a notice to gather updated information from vaccine manufacturers interested in supplying the vaccine bank. The information will be used to develop a forward-looking vaccine acquisition strategy leading to one or more requests for proposals for an FMD vaccine to address a potential outbreak.
“For the highest-consequence animal diseases, it is important to have an effective insurance policy in the extremely rare chance of an outbreak,” USDA said in the announcement. “The new U.S.-only vaccine bank — a concept APHIS officials have long discussed with stakeholders and industry — will allow USDA to stockpile animal vaccine and related products to use in the event of an outbreak of FMD or other high-impact foreign animal diseases.”