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Intervet vaccine costs announced by Defra

7th March 2008

The price of Intervet’s Bluetongue vaccine product has been revealed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as the government looks to help farmers protect their herds.

According to Defra, a 50 ml bottle of the vaccine is to cost a wholesale price of £22.02 for 50 ml and £13.10 for a 20 ml bottle and individual farmers will be responsible for administering their own animals on a voluntary basis.

Discussions over how large a dose of the vaccine should be are still ongoing between Intervet and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate but it is understood that cattle will need two allocations, while sheep will only require one, the Herald reports.

Intervet is one of the major suppliers of the vaccine for the Bluetongue virus and the British government has been among the first to place an order for the product since the issue became a serious animal health concern in more northerly parts of Europe.

The Bluetongue vaccine supply deal was agreed between Intervet and Defra in December of last year and the government placed an order for 22.5 million doses at that time.

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