March 3, 2020


China has developed African swine fever vaccine


The Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, China's top animal diseases research body said it has developed an African swine fever (ASF) vaccine that is safe and effective, reported Bloomberg.


The institute said the live vaccine with lowered virulence was developed based on gene-deleted viruses based on China's firsts ASF strain.


The Harbin Veterinary Research Institute falls under the Chinese Academy of Agricultral Sciences.


The ASF outbreak in China has decimated the country's swine herds. China approved additional import sources and boosted production of other meats domestically to supplement dwindling pork stocks.


The Harbin Institute said the ASF vaccine is viable for commercial production for effective control and prevention of ASF in China and other countries. No official release date was provided for the ASF vaccine.


A swine fever vaccine was developed by the American Society for Microbiology, but experts said in January that the vaccine will not be produced commercially until several years later.


China prioritised the official development of an ASF vaccine after unauthorised, experimental vaccines were used on millions of domestic swine, all with differing levels of efficacy.