USDA Awards Contracts for Avian Influenza Vaccines

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Two contracts awarded by USDA aim to fight avian influenza through vaccines.

Harrisvaccines of Ames, Iowa, and Ceva Corp. of France each received contracts worth $6 million dollars from USDA to supply vaccines to combat an anticipated resurgence of highly pathogenic avian influenza, according to Meatingplace. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service began looking for suppliers in August to stockpile up to 500 million doses of one or more vaccines. Harrisvaccines said it will provide 48 million doses as part of a two-year contract, with 25 million doses scheduled to be delivered by the end of next month. The Ceva Animal Health division in Lenexa, Kan., is expected to ultimately produce and store 100 million doses of its vaccine, which the company said should be available anywhere in the United States within 10 days once the APHIS program launches this fall.