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Bovine TB
Commercial herds likely to be needed for TB vaccine field trial

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ANY field trial of a bovine TB vaccine for cattle is likely to require the involvement of commercial herds in order to achieve the scale needed, although, at present, it is not possible to provide precise details of how a trial would operate.

So says the Government, in its response to a report from the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRACom) on the use of vaccination against bovine TB. The committee's report was published in June (VR, June 15, 2013, vol 172, pp 623-624) and the Government's response to it was published on October 16.

The Government remarks that it has been clear from the outset that its policy has been ‘to introduce a carefully managed and science-led policy of badger control in areas with high and persistent levels of bovine TB, as part of a comprehensive package of measures to address this terrible disease’. This continues to be the case, it says, referring to its draft strategy for achieving Officially Bovine TB-Free status for England, which was published for consultation in July (VR, July 13, 2013, vol 173, …

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