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The National Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has been requested to urgently investigate the manufacture, supply and distribution of vaccines by Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP).  The National Animal Health Forum (NAHF) who represents a number of industries in the agriculture / animal health / production sector and who is in direct liaison with the Dept. of Animal Health under DAFF, directed an urgent letter to Mr. Senzeni Zokwana on the current situation of availability of vaccines at OBP.  Vaccine unavailability is preventing DAFF from effectively implementing control of controlled animal diseases in SA.  They suggested that if OBP is unable to deliver vaccines to the broader livestock industry, the sourcing of vaccines from outside the borders of the Republic of South Africa should be investigated.  A request for a meeting with the Ministers’ office, the NAHF and OBP with a simultaneous site inspection at OBP has been directed to the Minister for consideration.  Read here.