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Breeders Urge 100,000 US Vaccines Available Immediately

Thursday, 27th September 2007

Meanwhile Thoroughbred Breeders Australia revealed a stockpile of 100,000 horse flu vaccines is immediately available from US drug company Fort Dodge Animal Health & urged the federal Government to order it. TBA president John Messara said advice from scientists is that the US product is as effective as the French vaccine already ordered & noted: "It hasn't been ordered. They (the federal government) are buying a particular vaccine, but they know the Fort Dodge vaccine also would be most effective. There's not just one vaccine that will work against this virus & as a result, a 2nd vaccine is available & stockpiled in America if authorities want to buy it. We're talking about rolling out vaccine in small dollops, because we've only got a limited amount; but we should be looking at other sources of supply of vaccine. The Fort Dodge vaccine is different to the one we're going to use now, but it's anti-equine influenza & according to scientists will work against this disease. If we ordered the Fort Dodge vaccine today from America, it could be here by the weekend." Messara declared bluntly: "It's up to the minister (Peter McGauran). He's got all the information & we've brought it to his attention."

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