Cattle disease vaccine launched 30 years after invention

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Une femme et son bétail sur le site d’une décharge au Kenya © AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA

An effective vaccine that languished, underused, for 30 years after its invention has finally been released commercially as a result of a new scheme for getting innovation into practice.

The vaccine protects cattle against the deadly East Coast Fever (ECF), which kills two cows every minute — one million a year — causing economic losses of US$189 million in the 11 countries in eastern and southern Africa where the disease is endemic.

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