A vaccine against East Coast fever – a disease which kills over 1 million cattle every year – has recently been officially registered in Tanzania, Kenya and Malawi, with Uganda also close to completing registration. This opens the way for private sector companies to take on vaccination delivery as a profit-making business. But how much interest is there among private investors in the region, and what will be needed to bring about their investment and involvement? Pius Sawa gathers views from senior politicians and policymakers in the region, and from a senior director of GALVmed, the organisation that has driven the registration process.
Listen to the radio interview (AGFAX)