With the aim of fighting avian influenza, the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has purchased 10 million doses a bird flu vaccine
Five million of the 10 million doses will be used to
combat the H5 strain, and five million will be used to combat the H7 strain.
Canada plans to purchase the vaccine for about $468,300 from Iowa-based Fort
Dodge Laboratories Inc.
National manager of CFIA's avian influenza
working group, Jim Clark, says: "If there was
an inability to control the disease using traditional stamping out methods, the
vaccine would be something that might be used to be more effective and dampen
down the opportunity for the disease to spread so that we had an opportunity to
get ahead of it."