BVI buries remains of rinderpest disease


Botswana Vaccine Institute (BIV) yesterday marked a milestone in the war against rinderpest virus when the laboratory sent off the virus remnants for safe storage in Ethiopia. The virus plagued the world in 1892.

The transfer of rinderpest-infected material follows an agreement between BVI and the African Union - Pan Vaccine Centre (PANVAC), under which a facility in Ethiopia was designated for biosafety of all post rinderpest material. These were previously used to manufacture the rinderpest vaccine.

BVI has had an immense contribution to the global eradication of the disease, when the centre started in 1985 to produce normal vaccines, followed by themostable vaccines (unaffected by relatively high temperatures) in 1994. These vaccines were exported to various markets around the world.

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