On 16 January 2008, the Commission organised a Conference on a vaccination strategy against bluetongue that was
attended by more than 400 participants, including scientists, stakeholders, Member State authorities and industry representatives. The Conference
was chaired by the Vice-President of the OIE Code Commission, Dr. W.A. Valder.
The Conference was opened by the Commissioner for Health, Mr. Markos Kyprianou, who called on the participants to
come up with an outline of an EU strategy for vaccination against bluetongue, based on the support and contribution of the experts. He went
on to say that the implementation of this vaccination strategy – supported by adequate resources from the Community and the Member States –
would make a major contribution towards controlling bluetongue.
A summary of his speech can be found
The Director for Animal Health and Welfare in DG Health and Consumer Protection, Dr. B. Van Goethem, concluded
at the end of the Conference that vaccination is clearly the principal, and possibly the only, effective veterinary measure in response
to bluetongue, accompanied by ancillary measures such as movement restrictions and surveillance.
He also stressed the fact that the discussions during the day showed that the use of the extensive and highly
valuable experience gained by the southern Member States when controlling bluetongue will be essential when preparing a harmonised
Furthermore, a wide consensus was reached on the need for an "emergency mass vaccination strategy" for
2008 using all available vaccines. This strategy would reduce clinical disease and losses in cattle and sheep, thereby containing
the spread of the disease, protecting Member States not affected by the disease, and facilitating the safe trade in live animals.
The complete conclusions of the Conference can be found here
The press release of the Commission on the Conference can be found
A video impression of the day can be found here (.rm - .wmv).
The presentations of the different speakers during the day can be found below.
Bluetongue conference Invitation letter
A. Laddomada - EU harmonized strategy for bluetongue vaccination
Klaas Johan OSINGA - COPA-COGECA: Working Group “Animal Health & Welfare”
Dr Philippe Vannier– EFSA: Chairman of the AHAW Panel
Dr. Faye Ioannou - EMEA: DG SANCO, “Vaccination Strategy against Bluetongue”
Bernard TERRAND - FESSAS: Les éleveurs face àla vaccinationIntervention
France: Historique des campagnes de vaccination
DR G.H. GERDES: Bluetongue vaccination in South Africa
Declan O’Brien - IFAH: Europe Managing Director
Dr. Gaetana Ferri - The Italian experience on bluetongue vaccination
LuisJ. Romero - Spain: PROGRAMA DE VACUNACIÓN FRENTE A LA LENGUA AZUL EN ESPAÑA
Direcção Geral de Veterinária - Portuguese Experience on BluetongueVaccination 2005-2007
V.Caporale: OIE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ON STANDARDS ON BLUETONGUE BLUETONGUE VACCINATION
N. James Maclachlan: Bluetongue vaccines in the Unated States of America
Question and answers on bluetongue vaccination
Meeting with vaccine producers on availability of vaccines against bluetongue, Brussels 21 November 2007
Working Group on an EU harmonised strategy on vaccination against Bluetongue, Brussels 5 November 2007
Working Group on an EU harmonised strategy on vaccination against Bluetongue, Brussels 3 December 2007