In May, an East Coast fever (ECF) vaccine was registered by GALVmed in Tanzania. ECF is a tick transmitted disease which kills a million cattle every year and devastates the livelihood of those who depend on livestock for survival.
Registration of the ECF vaccine is central to safety and efficacy and to securing the sustainability of supply through commercialisation. GALVmed, a not for profit organisation whose mission is to save human life by protecting livestock, is fostering innovative commercial means to achieve this through the registration, commercial distribution and delivery of the vaccine, backed by $28USD million from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Read more … (GALVmed)
See also: East Africa: East Coast Fever vaccine registered in three East African countries (Farm Radio Weekly, in Tanzania)
Watch a video on the launch, including an interview with ILRI Director General