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Federal Govt Approves Vaccine Importation

Thursday, 20th September 2007

Meanwhile Federal Minister For Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry Peter McGauran confirmed the Commonwealth, States & Territories had agreed Australia will import 50,000 doses of a live virus vaccine for equine influenza (enough to potentially vaccinate 25,000 horses) to be used in NSW & if necessary Queensland to reinforce buffer zones around areas where there are large numbers of horses infected with horse flu. McGauran noted: "The vaccine that will be imported is considered the most effective for combating equine influenza in the emergency situation currently in Australia & will be in the country within the week. This live vaccine (ProteqFlu TE) from the Merial Laboratory in France will only be used for disease control in nominated buffer zones. It has not been approved for any other purpose."

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