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New Leash on Life

FAO Provide Vials of Anti-Rabies Vaccine Permitting Island-Wide Inoculation Program to Continue

(7/15/2012) Bali has received 130,000 additional vials of much-needed anti-rabies vaccines from the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) that will allows the third phase of vaccination of dogs in Bali to proceed according to schedule.

Earlier, Bali experienced a shortage of needed vaccines due to administrative errors in the bidding process, requiring a rebidding procedure.

Beritabali.com quotes the head of the Bali Agriculture and Animal Health Department, Putu Sumantra, who confirmed that vaccines provided by the FAO will now make it possible to undertake the third phase of mass canine vaccination program according to plan.

Sumantra said that there is now more than enough vaccine to carry out mass vaccination. Another 375,000 vials of anti-rabies vaccine provided for in the State budget, but held up by the failed bidding process, will also arrive at the end of August.

According to data from Bali’s Agricultural and Animal Health Department, the first two phases of the mass vaccination program have inoculated 180,000 of a targeted 300,000 dogs.

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