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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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Defra extends applications to Zoo Animals Fund

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 Defra has extended the deadline for applications for the 100 Million Zoo Animals Fund until 26 February 2021.

Launched in June 2020, the fund provides financial support for zoos and aquariums that have experienced a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to 730,000 are available, which can be used to pay for essential costs and maintenance, including veterinary care, medicines, animal feed and staffing.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply can be found here

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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at