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Canada to create foot-and-mouth disease vaccine bank

Funding will also go toward developing foot-and-mouth disease response plans.

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As part of the annual conference of Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture, ministers confirmed their commitment to respond to animal disease outbreaks through the establishment of a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank. Budget 2023 committed CAN57.5 million (US$43.5 million) over five years, with CAN5.6 million ongoing, to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to establish an FMD Vaccine Bank for Canada, and to develop FMD response plans.

This funding will provide Canada with a dedicated vaccine source to support the CFIA and industry in the event of an outbreak. The bank will be another tool for Canada to support animal disease prevention and management, and help stop the spread of disease in an outbreak. This investment complements Canada’s access to vaccines through the North American Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank (NAFMDVB), ensuring readily available vaccines for Canadian producers.

Canada's new FMD Vaccine Bank will consist of concentrated FMD vaccines that can be rapidly transformed into usable vaccines in a timely and cost-effective manner. Vaccines are an important part of an effective and efficient disease response that will help to maintain public confidence in the Canadian food supply, limit the economic impact on Canadian producers, and help mitigate prolonged market disruptions to trade.

At the annual FPT conference, Ministers discussed the guiding principles of Canada's FMD vaccine bank, with a focus on optimizing the benefit for Canada, proportional contribution, supporting sector resiliency, collaborating across sectors, and remaining forward looking and innovative.

In fall 2023, the CFIA will launch a transparent and competitive procurement process to establish Canada's FMD Vaccine Bank.

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