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PHARMAQ starts fish vaccination in Vietnam

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The vaccine ALPHA JECT® Panga 1 received an observation license from the Department of Animal Health, under Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in Vietnam, on October 12th 2011. The term observation means that the vaccinated fish will be followed closely by the authorities and PHARMAQ. "This is the first ever fish vaccine commercially available in Vietnam and represents a breakthrough to both the Vietnamese seafood industry and to PHARMAQ", says Kjersti Gravningen, General Director PHARMAQ Vietnam Ltd.

ALPHA JECT Panga 1 is a vaccine administered by injection that provides protection against the bacteria Edwardsiella ictaluri causing disease in pangasius. PHARMAQ Vietnam is entering into a new phase with the exiting challenge of establishing the best practice for fish vaccination in Vietnam. Activities will include vaccination training and close collaboration with the farmers during and after vaccination. "Our team is prepared and ready for these challenges. The implementation of vaccination will make difference for the farmers in Vietnam." Kjersti Gravningen enthusiastically concludes.

"By the introduction of ALPHA JECT Panga 1 we have reached a great milestone in the history of PHARMAQ and taken another step to strengthen our presence in the global fish health market. Our activities in Vietnam are an essential part of our strategy in exploring the potential of the Asian aquaculture industry", said Morten Nordstad, CEO in PHARMAQ.

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