The European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD)

Prioritization of Antigen Management with International Surveillance Tool

The situation

The decisions on which strains should be maintained in an FMD vaccine bank involve complex issues. 

Viruses in any region are a potential threat to all other regions, no matter the distance and consequently, should be considered for inclusion in antigen banks. However, an antigen collection should strive to reflect the major strains involved in recent epidemiological situations and the strains expected to be involved in potential epidemiological situations in the next five years. 

More about the Antigen Priority Tool.