The British Society for Immunology and the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network have published a new joint report 'Securing our future: the value of veterinary vaccines' which reviews the current state of the veterinary vaccinology landscape and sets out the key recommendations to maintain the UK’s leading role in this area.
The report aims to help funders and policymakers better understand the vital need to invest in animal vaccine development to secure our food, economy and health for the future. The UK is a world leader in the field of veterinary vaccinology, but lack of investment and further funding cuts threatens this excellence, food security and our ability to respond to global health challenges. The report lays out immediate measures that can be taken to remove known barriers and ensure the numerous benefits of veterinary vaccines are reaped by millions around the world. It is only by investing in veterinary vaccine research, career development, collaborations and infrastructure that we can secure our future.
- We urgently need to secure the future of funding for all aspects of veterinary vaccinology
- We need to see further investment in UK veterinary vaccine manufacturing capabilities
- We must support career development and opportunities for early career researchers
- We must provide a ‘One Health’ approach fostering collaboration between human and veterinary medicine
- We need to work collaboratively with international academic and industry partners to protect animal and human global health
Dr Doug Brown, Chief Executive of the British Society for Immunology, said:
“The UK is a world leader in veterinary immunology and vaccinology but without sustained investment, we risk losing the significant economic benefit derived from our excellence and leadership in this area. Investing in all aspects of veterinary vaccinology, including research, skills development, collaborations and infrastructure, means investing in our future. This report shines a spotlight on the value of animal vaccination and calls to secure important funding to protect health, wealth and security within the UK and worldwide.”
Dr Tim Connelley, Director of the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network and Group Leader at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, said:
'During the development of the report it was a real pleasure to reflect on the massive beneficial impact research and development of veterinary vaccines has had both in the UK and globally. We hope that this strong foundation can be maintained and built upon by ensuring the continued support for future generations of veterinary vaccine researchers.'
Professor Gary Entrican, Honorary Professor at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, said:
“The origins of modern vaccinology are firmly embedded in the animal-human interface, perfectly exemplified by Edward Jenner's pioneering experiments on vaccination against smallpox. We must never lose sight of the fact that animals and humans share a common ecosystem and that vaccines provide a unique, sustainable route to global wellbeing for all.”
Dr Michael James Francis, Managing Director at BioVacc Consulting Ltd, UK, said:
“This report on veterinary vaccines is very timely in light of the recently highlighted risk posed by zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19 and the importance of collaboration between human and veterinary medicine in tackling any future pandemic disease threats.”
Dr Elma Tchilian, Chair of the BSI's Comparative & Veterinary Immunology Group and Head of Mucosal Immunology at The Pirbright Institute, said:
“This report highlights the unique strength of British veterinary vaccinology and immunology but indicates that increased investment in research and career development is essential to maintain this leading position.”
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