First vaccine against ASF to be delivered in a year and a half
There is hope for the swine industry as a vaccine against African swine fever virus is on its way. Jose Manuel Sanchez Vizcaino, a Spanish researcher, announced that the disease could be cured and controlled in at least two years, informs CdeComunicacion website. "We had been behind it for many years. I have had many failures along the way. Last year we started a very positive investigation. We work together with CISA-INIA and the Complutense University of Madrid. We found a virus that had the mutations that we would have liked to be able to do and that every time we tried it, it did not come out. Nature has made them and we have been lucky enough to find them after looking at many viruses over many years. From there, we started the trials both in domestic and in the wild, "he said.
A multinational company is already preparing to invest in the solution developed by the Spanish researchers and the delivery of the vaccine to international markets could be done in one year and a half or two, according to Sanchez.
"right now we have focused more on wild boar because it is what is causing more problems in the EU. We have a very high protection index and we are very happy with the preliminary results we have. We only have two experiences, one to see what would happen if the animal takes several doses of vaccine. We believe that nothing would happen to her because, as we are going to put her as an oral vaccine in the field, we do not know how much she can take, so we want her to take more than what would be necessary, but nothing will happen to her. And the second study will be about the stability of the vaccine. See that no matter how much it passes from animals to animals, it remains stable. We are very happy because it looks very good. At present we have in the EU is that we have nine affected countries already with affected wildlife, that is, wildlife is around everything and then every so often there is a focus, a contact between wild and domestic. Having contaminated wild animals is a permanent risk because you can not control when there is going to be a contact. The risk can be minimized with a massive vaccination of this wild species. In this way, we would lower the virus rate and therefore we could control the disease without any problem. It would be an extraordinary tool. It has been very difficult to get it because it is a very complicated virus. I think it will never need to vaccinate in domestic but in China, Russia, Ukraine would be great to help them with a vaccination in domestic", explained the scientist.