Thursday, October 15, 2015

U.S. orders avian flu vaccines

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has placed two orders of $6 million each for avian influenza vaccines for the poultry industry.

One contract has gone to Harrisvaccines of Ames, Iowa, the other to Ceva Corp. of France.

They are to be ready in time for the fall migration of ducks and geese that are blamed for widespread outbreaks across North America during the spring migration.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) began looking for suppliers in August in an effort to stockpile up to 500 million doses of one or more vaccines.

So far there has been no word from Canadian federal or provincial agriculture departments about any plans to use vaccines if there is an outbreak of avian influenza.