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Aussie vaccine delivery lands in Indonesia

Australia’s first shipment of foot and mouth vaccine has reached Indonesia as efforts continue to contain the disease.

The one million doses will be distributed by the Indonesian government, with priority given to areas most in need.

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt confirmed on Thursday the vaccines had landed, noting the doses will be effective in protecting Indonesian livestock.

“We’ve been able to match the doses to the FMD strain present in Indonesia,” he said.

“This is part of our three-pronged approach to keep Australia FMD free – helping our neighbours deal with the outbreak, strengthening our biosecurity borders and enhancing our preparedness at home.”

The vaccine was promised to Indonesia in July after a visit to the archipelago by the minister.

Australia also committed an additional $10 million in biosecurity funding to Indonesia in August.

As part of that package, vaccinations worth a further $4.4 million are due to be delivered to Indonesia in the coming months.

Foot and mouth was detected in Indonesia in May, and spread to Bali in June.

The re-emergence of the highly contagious livestock disease increased the likelihood of it reaching Australia in the next five years, to 11.6 per cent.

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