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New vaccine to unlock doors to EU for beefs Farmers in Kenya

09 March 2016

Kenya’s has been locked away from the EU beef market for a long time now. This has been due to in part endemic prevalence of the foot and mouth disease in the country. However, fortunes are slowly changing with release of a new livestock vaccine by researchers from the Kenya Veterinary Vaccines Production Institute (Kevevapi) to control the disease. It was developed after three years of trial and testing. An official from Kevevapi reported that trials of the vaccine and the first batch of 430,000 doses that can immunize the same number of animals is ready. The announcement was made during a launch of the re-aligned strategic plan of the institute for the period 2013-2017. The new oil-based vaccine is an improvement from the current water-based one and is hailed to have long immunity period and a longer shelf life. 



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