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BOVINE TB
Advancing current thinking on a cattle vaccine for bovine TB

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HOW might the vaccination of cattle against bovine TB contribute to the eradication of the disease in Wales?

This was the question considered by delegates attending a two-day workshop hosted by the Welsh Government in Cardiff on December 10 and 11. The workshop brought together experts in cattle vaccination, vets and government representatives from the UK and Europe to discuss current thinking on the role that a cattle vaccine could play in TB eradication.

Speaking before the workshop, John Griffiths, the Welsh environment minister, commented: ‘Here in Wales we already have a comprehensive range of measures in place to tackle bovine TB; however, we are always looking at how we can improve our approach and are keen to keep pace with scientific advances.

‘I am very pleased to welcome some of the world's leading experts in cattle vaccination to Wales for what I am confident will be a valuable event, and one that will move us closer to our goal of a cattle vaccination strategy for Wales.

He added that such a strategy was a high priority for the Welsh Government but that it would take time to achieve, and that there were technical and legislative hurdles to …

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