Canada's International Development Research Centre and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada are supporting the project under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). VIDO-InterVac will receive $1.7 million to advance the research from CIFSRF's first phase and develop an improved vaccine for CBPP.
CBPP, an infectious lung disease of cattle caused by Mycoplasma mycoides subspecies mycoides, affects the livelihood of approximately 24 million Africans, causing over $60 million in losses annually. A similar species of bacteria, Mycoplasma bovis, generates significant losses to North American cattle and bison producers.
The new grant will fund the continued development and testing of several promising vaccine candidates with the ultimate goal of producing a heat-stable, cost-effective vaccine. The vaccine will be manufactured at the Kenya Veterinary Vaccines Production Institute and will ensure accessibility to all farmers.
In addition to advancing food security, Dr. Volker Gerdts, VIDO-InterVac's associate director of research, said that the project will support the development of international researchers and provide valuable opportunities for training. This research is of further value as the knowledge generated from this project will be used to advance the understanding and development of vaccines for mycoplasma diseases affecting North American cattle and bison.
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