The NSW Nationals in government have taken another step forward in the mission to develop world first mRNA vaccines against exotic livestock diseases, with sheep being given a trial mRNA vaccine for Border Disease at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute this week.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said it was great to see progress being made after he set the ambitious deadline of August 2023 for mRNA vaccines for Foot and Mouth (FMD) and Lumpy Skin Disease.
“We make no apologies for being aggressive with our deadlines for these vaccines because we know how devastating an incursion of FMD or Lumpy Skin would be for our livestock industry,” Mr Toole said.
“While our first and most important mission is to keep these diseases out, in the event the worst happens we want to be able to arm producers with an mRNA vaccine that could mean returning to freedom status and restoring market access much sooner.
“Once we test the efficacy of this trial shot for Border Disease, we will be able to quickly adapt the production of the mRNA vaccine to target FMD and Lumpy Skin, which is incredibly valuable in our preparedness against a potential incursion.”
Nationals’ Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders said the virus that causes Border Disease, Pestivirus, has been selected as the target for the trial due to its relevance to FMD and Lumpy Skin.
“NSW is leading the way in Australia’s fight against Foot and Mouth and Lumpy Skin Disease, and this milestone is just another important initiative that bolsters our already strong defence against a potential incursion,” Mr Saunders said.
“We have invested $229 million in biosecurity measures this financial year alone – which is the largest investment of a single jurisdiction in Australia.”
The NSW Government recently partnered with US biotech company, Tiba Biotech, to develop the vaccine.
Tiba Co-Founder Peter McGrath said the company was pleased to be working in partnership with government, industry and researchers to protect Australia’s $28.7 billion livestock industry.
“Tiba is proud to provide NSW with access to some of the most advanced vaccine expertise and technology globally to ensure their livestock industry, which is so valuable to the state’s economy, is protected in the occurrence of a biosecurity incursion.”
For more information on the Government’s biosecurity measures, visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity
The federal, NSW and Queensland parliaments have passed new biosecurity laws over the past two years, promising a more risk-based response to threats and the sharing of responsibility across government, industry and the community for responding to new diseases and pests of the environment, agriculture and our way of life.
For the environment, these new laws offer up the hope that more-sophisticated biosecurity practices used to protect our agricultural industries can be extended to safeguard native plants and animals.
As the legislation is rolled out we are starting to see whether the promise of new biosecurity laws will match the reality.
The federal Biosecurity Act starts on 16 June 2016, the Queensland Biosecurity Act starts on 1 July 2016 and the NSW Biosecurity Act starts in 2017. New biosecurity legislation is planned for Victoria , Tasmania and the Northern Territory .
So far there is little evidence that implementation is being driven by a systematic and transparent assessment of biosecurity risks. Instead existing biosecurity priorities continue to attract the most attention. There appears little enthusiasm for new approaches that limit activities posing a risk to the environment such as the trade in weedy plants, pet birds and aquarium fish or the spread of game animals.
The capacity for broader reform has been made more difficult by tight implementation deadlines and the desire to minimise disruption.
The main trends we have observed in most or all cases where biosecurity laws are passed and regulations are being developed have been:
- Most effort has been put into converting existing regulatory systems to the new regimes.
- Regulation has been increasingly seen as a last resort, with much greater reliance on voluntary codes of practice.
- The new concepts of ‘general biosecurity duty’ (NSW) and ‘general biosecurity obligation’ (Queensland) are proving difficult to implement. Strong public education and a cultural change within government about how it engages with industry and the community will be needed.
- Most consultation has focused on industry groups.
- Implementation is by agricultural departments with limited involvement from environmental departments.
In short, it remains unclear how environmental risks will be better addressed
Letter to the Editor
In general terms, the poor stupid farmers and the supermarket chains have NO CLUE what is going into their animals and produce – with few exceptions, they just swallow all the government BS hook line and sinker – so they will ALL be BLINDSIDED when mass boycotts begin against their meat and dairy and poultry products (AND FRUIT AND VEGETABLES once they start poisoning those in earnest).
They’ll ALSO be blindsided when, ON TOP OF the boycotts, the class action lawsuits start wiping them out and shutting their commercial operations down. AND they’ll ALSO be blindsided when all the export markets STOP BUYING Australian produce – Japan will likely be the first – just watch the clown show when THAT happens.
Meanwhile, Big Pharma will be ABSOLUTELY INDEMNIFIED from any legal consequences by our fake “government”, infested as it is with treasonous genocidal Globalist stooges. Who didn’t see THAT coming?
AND make no mistake, surprise surprise, this genocidal Globalist BS is being conducted IN LOCKSTEP across the world. Food for thought…
Comment by Nelle-I always supported the Nationals as I am a country girl and they stood for rural and all it entails- back in the days when they were people who acted with integrity and honesty-gone are those days now they have sold out the country and are moving forward with their eye on the main chance and what they can get for themselves- of for John Anderson to make a comeback – a man who acts with integrity -a true patriot who stands for Australia and her betterment -he did offer a helping hand to these criminals who have lost their way but was quickly knocked back-they didn’t want John blitzing their plans