In the United States, Joe Biden intends to provide an mRNA vaccine against the bird flu to chickens.
In order to protect millions of hens throughout the United States from contracting bird flu, the Biden administration is planning to launch a vaccination campaign that will entail administering mRNA vaccines to the chickens. According to reports, over 60 million birds in the United States and approximately 200 million birds worldwide had been culled over the course of the previous year in an effort to halt the spread of the H5N1 strain of bird flu. Since the beginning of 2022, this has resulted in an increase in the cost of hens and eggs.
The possibility exists that the virus might spread to people if it undergoes potentially harmful alterations/mutations at a time when infection rates are high. Several mammalian species, including foxes, minks, and sea lions, have been shown to be infected with the disease, according to these so-called experts. In order to avoid this from happening, officials from the White House have stated that President Biden is receptive to the concept of a nationwide launch of an avian flu vaccination for birds. It is not known how many birds will be targeted; however, it is believed that around 10 billion chickens are raised in the United States annually only for the purpose of being used as meat.
On the other hand, this method may have an effect on commerce and make it more challenging to determine which birds have been affected. Vaccinating tens of millions of fowl that have been domesticated in the United States might likewise take years to execute. In spite of this, researchers at the Pirbright Institute in the United Kingdom and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin are already working on developing improved vaccines. These vaccines make use of signals similar to those produced by pathogens in order to produce immune responses that are both quicker and more robust in response to the bird flu strain. (MRNA).
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has not disclosed any information on the vaccine; nevertheless, scientists are now working on avian flu vaccines that are more effective than those that have been used in the past. There is currently, according to these SAME scientists, a vaccination available that protects against fowlpox and influenza, and it is being used in CHINA, Egypt, Mongolia, and Vietnam, which are all places where the respective strains of the disease are prevalent in the chicken population.
If the vaccination simply protects birds from suffering the signs of illness and does not prevent the spread of the virus itself, it may be even more difficult for farmers to identify flocks that have been infected. This makes it possible for the virus to spread much farther, without being spotted by humans any longer, causing even more damage to the chicken population and increasing the risk that it may transmit to people. Does this sound like the start of a NEW fear campaign?
Vaccinating birds might be good in preventing the spread of the bird flu; nevertheless, there is a risk that it could lead to additional problems. It is of the utmost importance to check and make sure that the vaccine does not result in any additional harm or the spread of the virus.
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