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THE Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has set out a strategy detailing its future investment priorities for veterinary vaccinology research in the UK. The strategy mainly focuses on animals, including fish, that are farmed for food production in the UK, but the research council says that it is also relevant to other domesticated animals of importance to the UK economy.
On publication of the strategy document on June 25, Melanie Welham, the BBSRC's executive director of science, said: ‘BBSRC's veterinary vaccinology strategy will build on the UK's reputation as a centre of excellence for vaccine research and development. A clear vision to deliver impact will help safeguard both animal and human health, while increasing the sustainable production and welfare of livestock, providing real benefits for the UK.’
In the strategy document, the BBSRC explains that vaccines represent a highly cost-effective intervention for disease prevention and eradication, and are an important tool in the fight against infectious diseases. It cites the successful vaccination campaign that led to the global eradication of rinderpest as ‘one of the greatest successes …