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THE Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have announced that they have lifted a moratorium on the use of live rinderpest virus for approved research.
Rinderpest was formally declared to have been eradicated in 2011. The moratorium was imposed in June 2012 after an FAO/OIE survey found that the virus was still held in more than 40 laboratories worldwide, in some cases under inadequate levels of biosecurity and biosafety. The moratorium followed a resolution, adopted in May 2011 by all OIE member countries, that urged members to forbid the manipulation of rinderpest virus-containing material unless approved by the national veterinary authority and the FAO and OIE.
In a press release on July 10, …