EU agriculture ministers reject calls for mass animal vaccination whilst UK and Netherlands lobby for urgent review of animal health policy
The EU has defended its policy of slaughtering and destroying all affected livestock and those in danger of contracting the virulent disease as the best possible approach to eradicate FMD. It believes that vaccination can and should play a limited role in containment.
The main contention behind not adopting a general vaccination policy is that the EU would lose its disease free status and thus lose lucrative export markets. In addition, there is currently no test to distinguish which animals have been inoculated and vaccination only provides limited protection (6 months) against one of seven strains of FMD.