Turkish scientists train Pakistani researchers on FMD vaccine production & evaluation
LAHORE (03-05-18): The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore organised a weeklong training workshop on “Evaluation of Foot and Mouth Disease Virus Vaccine” under a project titled ‘Establishment of Center for Biologics Production (TCBP-FMD)’.
Dr Nedret Celik, Dr Hidayat Bozoglu, Dr Muslum Kaan Arichi, Dr Pelin Tuncer Goktuna Scientists from SAP (FMD) Institute Ankara, Turkey, trained the local scientists and UVAS faculty members on production and evaluation of Foot and Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) Vaccine using mamalian cell suspension culture technology.
This technology has not been previously used in Pakistan for mass scale production. Pakistani scientists also performed successful tests for FMDV vaccine matching. Previously, this kind of tests were used to be outsourced from abroad.
The Turkish scientists also visited UVAS Ravi Campus Pattoki where they visited the newly-built building for Biologics Production. There is an ongoing cooperation between the ministries of Pakistan and Turkey to increase the capacity of diagnosis of FMD to exchange data on circulating viruses and to help in vaccine production in Punjab.
They also held meetings with Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and Secretary Livestock Punjab Naseem Sadiq and reiterated their full cooperation with the UVAS and the Punjab government.
On the occasion, Secretary Livestock Naseem Sadiq and Dr Pasha thanked to Turkish experts and Turkish government to provide full support especially in the production & evaluation of FMD vaccine in Pakistan.