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out of Bhutan: Question mark over quality of vaccines

“Farmers don’t report when there’s an outbreak, as they don’t want their cows to be vaccinated,” he said. “After vaccination, the milk production reduces drastically, so farmers are reluctant.” A Sarpang livestock officer Wangchuk said the quality of vaccine was doubtful, because evidence of disease outbreak, even in vaccinated areas, was prevalent. Animal health specialist with the national centre for animal health, Dr Passang Tshering, said although the vaccine that entered the country contained the same strain of virus as those used in India, they were not tested. “We can’t test them either as they’re very expensive and the vaccine are injected into the animals,” he said. “But we have plans as to see the quality of vaccines we’re using today.”