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World China Isn’t Even Close to Swine Fever Cure as Virus Resurfaces

10:07  25 february  2021
10:07  25 february  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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China is still conducing clinical trials on a vaccine to combat African swine fever , with no timeline on when commercial production can begin, according to a top researcher. Scientists at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute will collect more data from the trials for further review by authorities, Qiu Huaji Fresh outbreaks in parts of China this winter have added impetus to develop a vaccine to curb the disease, which wiped out almost half of the country’s pig population since it surfaced in 2018. The latest spread sparked concern that a full recovery may be delayed beyond 2021 instead of June as

That virus , however, isn ’ t related to influenza and isn ’ t known to infect people, so it doesn’t pose a pandemic risk. Among humans, the serosurveys conducted from 2016 to 2018 in China found that, of 338 people working on hog farms who were tested, as many as 10% might have been infected. People then passed the virus back to swine , which are considered to be mixing vessels for influenza viruses . Scientists believe G4 EA H1N1 is the result of the H1N1 flu virus mixing with one or more other influenza strains circulating in hogs.

(Bloomberg) -- China is still conducing clinical trials on a vaccine to combat African swine fever, with no timeline on when commercial production can begin, according to a top researcher.

Sunlight illuminates pigs in an indoor pigsty on a livestock farm in Ohrenbach, Germany, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Despite its relatively small size compared with producers like China or the U.S., Germany is a heavyweight in the global pork trade -- accounting for 15% of the world’s exports in 2017. © Bloomberg Sunlight illuminates pigs in an indoor pigsty on a livestock farm in Ohrenbach, Germany, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Despite its relatively small size compared with producers like China or the U.S., Germany is a heavyweight in the global pork trade -- accounting for 15% of the world’s exports in 2017.

Scientists at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute will collect more data from the trials for further review by authorities, Qiu Huaji, the head of swine infectious diseases at the center, told an online conference late Wednesday.

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With swine fever , Beijing set a tone of furtiveness across government and industry by denying or downplaying the severity of a disease that the meat industry estimates has shrunk China ’s 440-million-hog herd by more than half. The epidemic has taken a quarter of the world’s hogs off the market Cover-ups across China - coupled with underfinancing of relief for devastated pig farmers and weak enforcement of restrictions on pork transport and slaughter - have enabled the spread of the livestock virus to the point where it now threatens pig farmers worldwide, according to veterinarians, industry

African swine fever is also now spreading in several countries neighboring China , including Mongolia, Russia, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The map below shows current outbreaks in Asia, as reported to the World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE. The disease, which was discovered a century ago in So far, there’s no sign that African swine fever has infected pigs or wild hogs in the United States. But the US Department of Agriculture said in May that it would begin testing for the virus to keep the disease out. “The more countries that it’s in, the more risk there is that it can spread globally through

Fresh outbreaks in parts of China this winter have added impetus to develop a vaccine to curb the disease, which wiped out almost half of the country’s pig population since it surfaced in 2018. The latest spread sparked concern that a full recovery may be delayed beyond 2021 instead of June as forecast by the farm ministry.

“There’s still a long way to go in terms of recovery,” Qiu said. He expects China’s pork prices to stay elevated for two to three years amid a shortage.

Since April, clinical trials of the vaccine have been carried out in breeding bases across Heilongjiang, Henan and Xinjiang. No clinical abnormalities or adverse effects were found on the growth and reproduction among vaccinated pigs, China’s agriculture ministry said in a report in August.

The government on Thursday said it will promote the research and development of African swine fever vaccine “in a steady and orderly manner,” while pledging to crack down on the illegal production and use of vaccines.

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