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Boehringer's classical swine fever live vaccine approved
CSF has caused huge economic losses to China's pig farming industry.
Vaccine will play a vital role in eradicating the disease in China.

The first classical swine fever (CSF) live vaccine, jointly developed by Boehringer Ingelheim and Chinese research institutes, has received marketing approval.

The newly-approved Ingelvac CSF MLV is set to provide China's swine industry with breakthrough immunization programmes and support disease solutions. It will also play a vital role in eradicating CSF in the country.

CSF is a highly contagious, lethal disease that has caused huge economic losses to China's pig farming industry. While the outbreak is now effectively controlled by mass vaccination with CSF live vaccine, endemic and sporadic spread remains.

Existing CSF live vaccines can only be stored at -15℃  for 18 months, with strict temperature control requires for transportation, storage and dilution. The new vaccine uses state-of-the-art suspension culture and freeze-drying technologies to ensure stable vaccine production process, and controllable quality. It can be stored at 2-8℃ for 24 months.

In a press release, a Boehringer spokesperson said the vaccine ' marks another milestone for Boehringer Ingelheim’s “in China, for China”, as the company is committed to providing innovative and high-quality swine vaccines for the Chinese swine industry, as well as holistic swine disease solutions to pig farms.'

Ingelvac® CSF MLV will be produced by Boehringer Ingelheim’s Taizhou plant and is expected to be commercialised in early 2021. 

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Zoo calls for volunteers in its hour of need

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 As ZSL London Zoo begins to get back on its feet, the organisation is putting out a call for volunteers who have time to help out. It comes after three months of unprecedented closure, which has seen zoos across the UK come under enormous financial pressure.

Volunteers will be required to commit to a minimum of half a day each fortnight, helping to assist zoo visitors as they make their way around. Volunteer manager Rhiannon Green said: "We need cheery, flexible people who can help visitors enjoy their day while respecting the measures that keep everyone safe.

For more information, visit zsl.org. Posts are available at both London and Whipsnade Zoos. 

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BSAVA webinars to shine the spotlight on selected journal papers

A free series of webinars that take a closer look at selected papers published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice has been produced by the BSAVA.

In the new BSAVA Science webinar series, authors of the featured papers discuss their results with a panel and how they may impact clinical practice. The authors then answer questions submitted by audience members.

The webinars are available via the BSAVA Webinar Library, covering four different papers. JSAP editor Nicola Di Girolamo, said: "Discussing the research with the authors - experts in their field - really helps to bring the papers to life."