For over 200 years, vaccines have been used to control and prevent disease. Vaccines have helped eradicate smallpox and rinderpest, while contributing to global reductions of diseases such as polio, rabies, and foot and mouth disease. Countless human and animal lives have been saved by timely, effective vaccination. These medicines are a cornerstone of health.
In the future, a growing world population will require increasing livestock production, while our pet population will be larger than ever. This brings with it a greater risk of disease outbreaks. Global movement of people, animals and food means a reduction in geographical barriers to disease, while a changing climate allows disease to thrive in new areas.
Animal vaccines are needed more than ever, but global uptake remains below optimal levels. The reasons why are complex, but primarily linked to six barriers.