Vietnam announced it had successfully developed a vaccine to administer to pigs to combat African swine fever to become the first country to manufacture and export it commercially.
African swine fever is one of the most devastating livestock diseases globally and was first detected in Vietnam in February 2019 and compelled the nation to cull nearly 20% of its swineherd in 2021.
The disease originated in Africa before spreading to Asia and Europe and killed hundreds of millions of pigs worldwide. African swine fever is harmless to human beings.
Phung Duc Tien, the deputy agriculture minister of Vietnam, said this was a milestone for the veterinary industry.
He added that with immunity lasting six months, the vaccine would be a shield for the hog-raising industry and pig production globally.
The vaccine was developed in collaboration with experts from the United States and has been in development since November 2019.
The efficacy and safety of the swine fever vaccine were confirmed by the Agriculture Research Service under the U.S Department of Agriculture.
Although the swine fever outbreak has reduced in Vietnam, allowing pork farmers to rebuild their hog herd. However, the virus is still affecting farms in some countries.
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