TB vaccine could take over ten years warns farming minister David Heath
A vaccine to curb the spread of tuberculosis in cows could take more than the ten years to come to fruition previously forecast, a minister has signalled.
In January, EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg wrote to ministers saying the prospect of licencing a cattle vaccine is highly unlikely before 2023.
But when probed by MPs at a Commons hearing, British Farming Minister David Heath said getting EU member states unaffected by the disease to sign off could mean the process takes even longer.
Critics of the Government’s plan to cull badgers to tackle bovine TB have demanded vaccination be deployed instead.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
Mr Heath, a Somerset MP, said it would be “foolish” to assume countries on the continent would give their blessing easily.
The disease leads to around 28,000 sick cattle being slaughtered a year.