Vietnam first to commercially produce African swine fever vaccineVietnam first to commercially produce African swine fever vaccine
USDA's Agricultural Research Service sent official letter to the Department of Animal Health of Vietnam confirming NAVET-ASFVAC vaccine is safe and effective.
June 2, 2022
On Wednesday, Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a press conference to announce the successful production of a commercial vaccine for African swine fever. NAVET-ASFVAC of National Veterinary Medicine Joint Stock Company (NAVETCO) is the world's first commercial vaccine for the disease.
"From February 2020, the research and production of the official vaccine has been carried out in collaboration with U.S. experts. The Ministry has directed the Department of Animal Health to unify and sign a general agreement (MOU) on technical cooperation with the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a basis for the parties to implement. From July 2020, the Ministry of Directive allowed the import of attenuated ASF virus strains used for research and production of vaccines against ASF in Vietnam," said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien.
"Since the outbreak of ASF appeared in Vietnam, the Secretariat, the National Assembly, the Government and the Prime Minister have directed the drastic and synchronous implementation of prevention and control solutions, and organized research and production of preventive vaccines. We have been very quick to approach research achievements of the United States, along with the active participation of state management agencies, domestic scientists and especially the participation of enterprises."
Tien says immediately after receiving the strain from the USDA in September 2020, NAVETCO urgently implemented research, undergoing five laboratory tests. Experimental results showed that 100% of vaccinated pigs were protected when exposed to toxicity in the laboratory. In production conditions, more than 80% of vaccinated pigs have been protected. Immunity duration lasts six months after vaccination.
"The results of research and production of the NAVET-ASFVAC vaccine of NAVETCO company, after being carefully evaluated by independent scientists, have been accepted and published in prestigious scientific journals of the world," Tien says.
According to Tien, on May 17, USDA's Agricultural Research Service sent an official letter to the Department of Animal Health of Vietnam confirming that the NAVET-ASFVAC vaccine is safe and effective.
"In the context of globalization like today, the risk of transnational epidemics, cross-border infectious diseases, emerging diseases ... infection is inevitable, so this success is a lesson. Experience in proactive international integration, close and effective cooperation with world scientists, with the accompaniment of managers, scientists and businesses to master science and technology in research and production of vaccines. This is a core, long-term issue that helps us proactively respond to other disease incidents in the future."
On Friday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will make an official announcement and grant a circulation permit for the vaccine.
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