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Critical EI Vaccine Shortage Threat To Thoroughbred Exports
With a large number of racehorses waiting to be exported, but unable to do so without an available equine influenza vaccination, Victorian Premier & Racing Minister Dr Denis Napthine has called on Australia's federal Minister for Agriculture, Joel Fitzgibbon, for "an emergency issue of an alternative vaccination" reports theage.com.au. Napthine's statement follows "a backlog of horses ready for export to South Africa, Asia, and the Middle East" due to a shortage of the EI vaccine Duvaxyne IE. Napthine stated, "I urge the federal Labor government to act swiftly in removing any unnecessary barriers to the industry sourcing an adequate supply of equine influenza so these export markets are protected and maintained", with his input endorsed by Aushorse chief executive Chauncey Morris who commented: "Premier Napthine has been very helpful with this matter and recognises the problem that we're facing." With the manufacturer of Duvaxyne IE, Zoetis/Pfizer, advising late August as the earliest possible arrival date for new vaccine stock into Australia, it is hoped that appeals by Napthine and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia president Trevor Lobb for an urgent alternative vaccine could fast-track a solution. Over the past three years Australia has exported nearly 700 horses to Asia and South Africa.