First vaccine in Europe against serotype 8 of the EHE virus

First vaccine in Europe against serotype 8 of the EHE virus
First vaccine in Europe against serotype 8 of the EHE virus

The Galician biotechnology group Zendal has announced the launch of the First vaccine to prevent Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)The announcement comes after having received temporary authorization from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) for its use in cattle.

The rapid spread of the serotype 8 of the EHE virus, First diagnosed in southwestern Spain in November 2022, the EHE virus led the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to declare a health emergency and request Zendal to develop this vaccine as a priority. EHE has had a significant impact on livestock nationwide, excluding the Balearic and Canary Islands.

The Spanish market, a priority

The new vaccine, developed by CZ Vaccines, a subsidiary of Zendal, is a inactivated vaccine to be administered subcutaneously in two doses with an interval of three weeks.

The company has announced a first phase of production of 2 million doses, which will be marketed by Vetia Animal Health, another Zendal subsidiary dedicated to animal health.

Zendal has prioritized the Spanish market for the initial distribution of this vaccine, seeking to facilitate access to this new prevention tool for the livestock sector.

Aragon expresses its satisfaction with the new vaccine and calls for its mandatory use

Aragon, which was the first community to ask the MAPA to investigate the need for this disease, has expressed its satisfaction with the new vaccine against EHE: “We congratulate the laboratories for developing the vaccine against EHE and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for listening to autonomous communities such as Aragon, Castile and Leon, Valencia and Extremadura. For months, we have been pushing, in the agricultural sector meetings and with letters to the ministry, to address the study of formulas for vaccination against EHE,” said Ángel Samper, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of the Government of Aragon.

Now, the Aragonese community asks Minister Luis Planas to “advise the obligation of its administration in affected areas so that the virus can be controlled more effectively on farms.”

In 2023, Aragon had an incidence of between 7% and 10% of animals affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, with a mortality rate below 1%. The regions of Maestrazgo and Sobrarbe were the most affected. The Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Food offered aid of up to 50% for disinfestation with repellents.

 
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