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France has launched a tender for 80 million doses of avian influenza vaccines as the country prepares to begin a vaccination programme this autumn. This is the first member of the EU to start such a scheme, reports Reuters.

With millions of commercially raised birds affected by avian influenza on thousands of premises in major poultry-producing nations worldwide, the call for a solution is getting louder, and vaccination is becoming the most likely scenario. Until now, governments have hesitated to roll out vaccination programmes, primarily due to any possible impact this could have on poultry trade.

France first in EU to order avian influenza vaccines – Poultry World