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Brazil moves FMD vaccination campaign forward to March

14 February 2020

Brazil’s Secretary of Agriculture announces that the state government for Rio Grande do Sul will move the foot-and-mouth vaccine campaign forward from May to the first half of March.

According to reporting from Time 24 News and Folha do Sul, Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture will ramp up vaccination efforts for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) two months ahead of previous forecasting. When speaking out the campaign, Secretary of Agriculture Covatti Fihlo said, “We don’t have the exact start date for the campaign yet, but it will happen in the first half of March. The minister [Tereza Cristina] established that date, because until then the companies that produce the vaccine can work to supply the products on time.”

The new vaccination push was announced on 12 February as part of a meeting between the Secretary of Agriculture, the Minister of Agriculture and state governor Eduardo Leite. According to the Secretary, the government moved the campaign forward in an attempt to change the health and FMD status of the Rio Grand do Sul region.

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