Canada stockpiles 10 million doses of AI vaccine

21-05-2007 | |

With the aim of fighting avian influenza, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has purchased 10 million doses a bird flu vaccine for poultry.

Five million of the 10 million doses will be used to combat the H5 strain, and five million will be used to combat the H7 strain. Canada plans to purchase the vaccine for about $468,300 from Iowa-based Fort Dodge Laboratories Inc.

National manager of CFIA’s avian influenza working group, Jim Clark, says: “If there was an inability to control the disease using traditional stamping out methods, the vaccine would be something that might be used to be more effective and dampen down the opportunity for the disease to spread so that we had an opportunity to get ahead of it.”
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