FAO Animal Production and Health Division e-newsletter #71

Moratorium on using live rinderpest virus lifted for approved research

Benefits of future research should be carefully balanced against potential risks
A moratorium on using live rinderpest virus for approved research has been lifted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The moratorium followed the adoption of a Resolution in May 2011 by all OIE Member Countries that urged members to forbid the manipulation of rinderpest virus containing material unless approved by the Veterinary Authority and by FAO and OIE.[...]

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