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Veterinary medicines
Overcoming barriers to developing and using new vaccines

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A CALL for greater innovation in vaccine technology has been made in a report by HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association.

The report, ‘Innovation in animal health’, was published on January 11 and considers the issues of food safety and sustainability, zoonotic disease and innovation in pet health. It also builds on discussions of barriers to modern vaccine use that took place at an industry roundtable held in September 2015, which was attended by representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the European Commission, as well as industry and academic organisations. The report outlines the principal suggestions put forward at the meeting to overcome these barriers.

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The report suggests that the current regulatory process is regarded as being ‘inflexible’ and unable to accommodate novel technologies and is therefore a barrier to innovation. However, it points out, in times of emergency, regulatory barriers can be overcome rapidly. ‘For example, during the 2014/15 Ebola outbreak …

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