As you may be aware on the 17th of December 2015, DEFRA announced in a statement and a press release that due to a worldwide BCG vaccine shortage and the need to prioritise available stocks for human use, DEFRA has taken the decision to suspend attempts to source BCG vaccines until the situation is resolved. At this stage it is unclear how long this will last for.
Unfortunately, this does have an impact on SBVP. We are at this time, unable to carry out any deployments for 2016 until these vaccines become available. I am sure you will agree, that this does come as a huge disappointment for all those involved after the amount of time, money and effort that everybody has put into the project.
We do intend to continue the project once the vaccine is available and we still believe firmly that vaccination is a crucial tool in the fight against this terrible disease. We will be using this time to plan for the future and continue to engage with new landowners and farmers to be able to play a part in the eradication of Btb.
We do thank you for all of your support and we hope to be back out vaccinating as soon as possible.