EU to donate 10,000 lumpy skin disease vaccines to Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/16/2020
By: Ku Chuan, Yang Su-ming, Huang Huei-ming and Joseph Yeh

Photo courtesy of the Kinmen County government

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) The European Union (EU) has promised to donate 10,000 vaccines to Taiwan to help in its fight against a disease that has infected livestock in the offshore county of Kinmen, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Thursday.

During a Cabinet meeting, Su said Taiwan's Council of Agriculture (COA) recently contacted the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the EU, seeking to buy vaccines against the lumpy skin disease, which was found on cattle farms in Kinmen.

In response to Taiwan's enquiries, the EU has promised a donation of 10,000 vaccines to Taiwan to help combat the livestock disease, Su said.

According to COA deputy chief Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城), the COA had contacted the OIE in Paris about the possibility of buying the vaccines from the organization. The EU later learned about Taiwan's request, via the OIE, and informed the COA that they had 10,000 vaccines in stock, which could be donated to Taiwan, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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