African countries to benefit from bio-decon technology investment

Hydrogen peroxide vapour generators enable animal vaccines to be produced in clean, safe environment

Vaccine production in Africa will soon benefit from advanced bio-decontamination technology. Four hydrogen peroxide vapour generators are being provided to enable animal vaccines to be produced in a clean and safe environment.

These latest generation Bioquell Z-2 units are being dispatched to labs in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Senegal, thanks to funding from GALVmed. This “not for profit” alliance consists of public, private and government partners funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UK International Development Department and the European Union.

Animal vaccination to ensure healthy livestock is critical in many African countries. Vaccines for four key animal diseases are the focus of GALVmed’s current project. These diseases have an enormous negative economic and social impact within poor resource households. The diseases include: Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP), Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP), Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) and Newcastle Disease (ND).

The new bio-decontamination technology will help to ensure the safe, local manufacture of the vaccines. Many households will now benefit from easier access to and affordability of these life-saving drugs.

The advanced hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) technology from Bioquell bio-deactivates a wide range of animal and human pathogens. It is a safe and environmentally friendly means of securing high level room and equipment decontamination.

“We are delighted to be supporting important projects such as these with our hydrogen peroxide vapour decontamination technology,” said Giles Snare, Bioquell’s Head of Life Sciences. “Without appropriate contamination control, vaccine production can be easily disrupted by biological contamination. Bioquell has successfully provided HPV decontamination systems to reduce this risk in many facilities across the world.”

The Bioquell Z-2 generator is said to be ideally suited for decontaminating laboratory rooms and equipment. It provides a high level and validated 6-log sporicidal reduction on all exposed surfaces. This level is the minimum standard used for validating autoclaves/sterilising equipment.

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