The Gates Foundation and the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) are to fund Scottish-based animal health organization the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) to the tune of $28 million over three years. A collaboration between Farm Africa, Pfizer Animal Health and Intervet, GALVmed began in 2000, setting itself a target to develop, register and launch at least six vaccines, medicines or diagnostic products designed to combat some of the most debilitating livestock diseases by 2015. In addition to the obvious economic benefits of reducing disease among livestock, the vaccines will help eliminate widespread diseases such as Rift Valley fever, East Coast fever and porcine cysticerosis, which can all be passed from animals to humans.
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