Re: EU approves vaccination
- From: "Jim Webster" <Jim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 13:27:50 -0000
" Jill" <newsNOSPAM@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
EU approves bird flu jab programmetwo
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2006 Source: ITN
France and the Netherlands have been given the EU go-ahead to vaccinate
millions of birds against avian flu.
The decision came as Austria confirmed the H5N1 bird flu virus had been
found in a chicken in an animal sanctuary in the southern Austrian city of
During two days of talks, France and the Netherlands - who are the EU's
largest poultry producers - asked the European Commission for the go-aheadof
to carry out a poultry vaccination programme in a bid to stem the spread
Experts said the vaccinations would be useful for the Netherlands, which
faced an outbreak of a different type of bird flu in 2003, since the
is small and densely populated.to
Critics warned the move could damage export trade and the jab, which would
have to be repeated every six months, might disguise symptoms.
Any other EU countries wishing to begin vaccination programmes would have
make separate applications for EU-level approval.first
Germany, Austria, Denmark and Portugal raised strong objections on the
day of the Committee talks.well
Britain also voiced concerns about what vaccination could achieve. Animal
Health Minister Ben Bradshaw has said Britain has had a contingency plan
against the virus in place for the last three-and-a-half years and was
In todays Telegraph one journalist quotes the vaccine as costing 6p for the
two jabs it takes to treat the bird.
Remembering the problems we had before about journalists inventing vaccine
costs for their own purposes, but assuming that
a) the 6p is correct
b) and it doesn't include the cost of giving the vaccine
c) the vaccine does not need to be given by a vet
Then is it going to be economic to vaccinate broilers?
Last time I looked at the costings the margin was so low that they
calculated it per square metre of floor space, as it was less than 1p per
bird. Obviously these things change but I would ask whether commercial
broilers could cope with it.
For people like Jill a definite advantage, and probably for those with
laying flocks, but I wonder about broilers.
Pat Gardiner, Five years raving about bent vets and still no result
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