Vietnamese officials have confirmed that the country will export two million doses of the African swine fever vaccination to the Philippines by October, Reuters report
The news comes a week after domestic use of the world’s first commercial vaccines, NAVET-ASFVAC and AVAC ASF LIVE, was approved. Developed by Vietnamese companies and researchers from the United States, more than 650,000 doses of the vaccines had recently been tested on pigs in 40 provinces throughout the country, with a government-reported efficacy rate of 95%.
The vaccine to be shipped to the Philippines is produced for commercial use by AVAC Vietnam JSC, the government said in a statement, adding the company has already shipped 300,000 doses to the Philippines since its approval.
The shipment “signalled huge export potential”, the government said.
The disease has raged havoc across the global pork market in recent years. The worst outbreak in 2018-19, saw around half the domestic pig population die in China, causing losses estimated at over $100 billion.