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Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

Volume 710: debated on Thursday 7 May 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to record the incidence of tuberculosis infection in the badgers that they intend to vaccinate with the BCG vaccine. [HL3235]

There are no plans to record the incidence of tuberculosis infection in the badgers that are vaccinated with the BCG vaccine as part of the badger vaccine deployment project. To meet the aim of deploying injectable badger vaccines in a way which supports the long-term goal of oral vaccination, resources need to be concentrated on vaccinating as many badgers as possible. Carrying out diagnostic work would be expensive and would divert resources away from badger vaccination. This would not demonstrate a practical long-term method for vaccination.