Cookie use on MRCVSonline
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
 
 
Send Cancel

UK team developing coronavirus vaccine for use in animals
"We are not aware of any approaches to eliminate COVID-19 in the animal population to prevent future outbreaks or re-emergence of the disease," Dr Michael Jarvis.
Tool may be vital for the control of COVID-19

UK scientists have begun work on coronavirus vaccine for use in animals to prevent the future emergence of diseases such as COVID-19.

Plymouth-based firm The Vaccine Group (TVG) is working in partnership with Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute in China and Kansas State University. They aim to develop a vaccine designed to prevent COVID-19 and related coronaviruses jumping from animals into humans.

TVG, which is also working on vaccines to combat bovine tuberculosis and African swine fever, believes it is the only company adopting such an approach.

“As COVID-19 has shown, the spillover of disease from animals to humans can have a very high social, economic and commercial cost globally,” explained TVG founder and chief scientific officer, associate professor Dr Michael Jarvis.

“Naturally there has been a swift move into funding the development of human vaccines and therapeutics, but to date, we are not aware of any approaches to eliminate COVID-19 in the animal population to prevent future outbreaks or re-emergence of the disease.“

He continued: “The animal species involved in emergence of COVID-19 remain unclear. We believe that such a vaccine tool may be vital for control of COVID-19 as well as other emerging coronaviruses.”

The research is backed by more than £9 million in grant funding from the Chinese, UK and US Governments.

Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

Government to run free webinars on exporting horses

News Story 1
 The UK government has announced that it will be running two free webinars for horse owners and exporters, explaining what steps to take to export horses from 1 January 2021.

The first webinar will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2020, from 9.30am to 11am. It will cover Export Health Certificate (EHC) requirements from 1 January 2021. Click here to register.

The second webinar will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020, from 10.30am to 12pm. This session will focus on the steps that businesses need to take to export equines from the UK to the EU. Click here to register.

For more information on exporting horses and ponies after 1 January 2021, please visit the gov.uk website. 

Click here for more...
News Shorts
More cases of African swine fever confirmed in Germany

More cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boar in Germany.

According to Pig World, 20 outbreaks have been identified in two districts - Brandenburg, where the original case confirmed on September 10 was found, and near the town of Neuzelle, some 7.5 km away.

The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.