The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the Poultry Veterinary Study Group of the EU (PVSGEU) were delighted to host a joint webinar on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza preparedness, which gathered scientists, private poultry practitioners, state veterinary officers, the industry and policymakers alike.
FVE President Rens van Dobbenburgh welcomed more than 250 participants and shared his very personal experience of stamping-out measures, back when he was a poultry practitioner. The webinar highlighted the unprecedented biological impact of HPAI outbreaks on poultry and wild birds with transcontinental movements involving Asia, Europe, Africa, and North and South America. Ahead of the EFSA opinion on the availability of vaccines against HPAI for poultry and considering potential vaccination strategies, FVE and PVSGEU engaged scientists, regulators, poultry practitioners, and the industry in an open science-based discussion on the applications of future long-term strategies for the prevention of HPAI in clearly defined poultry populations at risk for the upcoming season 2023/2024.
Keynote speaker Professor Timm Harder, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (DE), recapped the current knowledge on the field situation, surveillance and control methods of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) with a special emphasis on vaccination strategies. His presentation is HERE.
Dr. Francesca Baldinelli, European Food Safety Authority, detailed the mandate EFSA received from the European Commission on Vaccination against HPAI. Her presentation is HERE.
Dr. Leni Corrand, the spokesperson of the Poultry Veterinary Study Group, picked up on the topic of vaccination strategies and gave an insight view on the scenarios imagined by the French poultry industry. His presentation is HERE.