New vaccine choices “a good thing”

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MSD Animal Health’s newly hired general manager for Scandinavia, the Welshman Dafydd Morris, is ready for a hardening of competition after Elanco’s DNA-derived vaccine against pancreas-disease, or PD, was recently taken into use in Norwegian grow-outs.

MSD Animal Health, the dominant supplier of PD vaccines, might see competition of a type they haven’t experienced. Fish-health outfit, Fomas’s, general manager, Solveig Nygaard, said she believes the DNA-type vaccine could take over Norway.

“I’m completely sure that this will become the dominant vaccine in Norway,” Nygaard told SalmonBusiness on Monday.

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Morris was in London this week but was answering emails. He chose not to comment on Nygaard’s remark.

“New vaccine technology are an interesting development. We have a strong R&D focus looking to address a range of health challenges in animal health,” Morris said.

“Choice in the market place is a good thing,” he added, adding that the company is always aiming it renew itself. “MSD Animal Health is constantly working on new animal health solutions.”

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“Knowledge of any new vaccine is built up through both lab and field studies. Commercial use is one aspect of data-gathering and is a valuable tool to assess a vaccine’s efficacy and safety,” he said.