Second Schmallenberg vaccine awaiting approval

A second vaccine should soon be available to livestock farmers wanting to protect their stock against the Schmallenberg virus (SBV).

Merial Animal Health has announced this week they have developed a vaccine, which they hope will be available later this year.

A spokesman from the veterinary pharmaceutical company said the vaccine was currently being assessed by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate) (VMD). In an official statement released on Monday, Merial Animal Health said: “It is hoped to have approval so that the vaccine is available this autumn, pre-tupping.”

The only other SBV vaccine already on the market, Bovilis SBV, was developed by MSD Animal Health and gained its licence earlier this summer. At the time the VMD said its assessment process had been ‘accelerated’ in order to help the product reach the market this summer.


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