APHIS reopens public comment period on FMD vaccine petition


APHIS reopens public comment period on FMD vaccine petition

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is reopening the public comment period on a petition from a vaccine manufacturer seeking approval to produce a FMD vaccine on the U.S. mainland. 

APHIS is asking commenters to consider the possible risks to livestock associated with the commercial manufacturing of a FMD virus in the US.  They are also asking if the risks are offset by the possible benefits associated with the development of the vaccine. 

The introduction of a live FMD virus into the US is prohibited by law, but the petition states this strain should not be considered live as the vaccine consists of a modified non-infectious and non-transmissible strain of the virus.

Earlier this year APHIS sought public comment on the petition and announced this week that it would be reopening the comment period for an additional 30 days.

NPPC communication director Rachel Gantz says they’re pleased USDA’s notice includes further safety information that helps commenters answer the questions posed by the agency.  She says NPPC has been a steadfast advocate for the establishment of a robust Foot-and-Mouth vaccine bank and they look forward to working with the USDA to ensure the bank is well stocked.   

Public comments will be accepted until January 4, 2021, a link can be found HERE.