September 4, 2017 / 3:22 PM / 10 months ago

Boehringer Ingelheim says changing foot-and-mouth vaccines in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Sept 4 (Reuters) - The Brazilian unit of German drugmaker and animal health company Boehringer Ingelheim said on Monday laboratories already are changing the composition of vaccines used against foot-and-mouth disease in the country, after request from the government.

Speaking before embarking on a technical mission that will visit ranchers during almost two months in Brazil, company executive Pedro Bacco said the new vaccines will be available around 2019. Labs will develop the product during 2018.

Brazil is home to the world’s largest commercial cattle herd. (Reporting by Ana Mano; Writing by Marcelo Teixeira and Bill Trott)

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