Infectious livestock diseases feature prominently among the constraints that impede livestock agriculture. Vaccines can reduce the high rates of livestock mortality and morbidity and are the most effective inventions for disease control, especially in under-resourced agricultural systems.
The vaccine biosciences group of the International Livestock Research Institute and other partners are building hubs of research excellence that will develop vaccine-based solutions that reduce disease burdens on livestock in developing countries. ILVAC initially focuses on a set of priority diseases: African swine fever, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, East Coast fever, peste des petits ruminants and Rift Valley fever.
The creation of a networked vaccine research platform, where generic techniques and processes will be implemented, gives us the ability to tackle other disease constraints. Disease prioritization will require an interplay with other teams working on the socio-economic impact of diseases.
Partners in the platform
International Livestock Research Institute
Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
Center for Tick and Tick-Borne Diseases
Institute for Genome Sciences
Royal Veterinary College
Washington State University