The vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) will soon be available for commercial use in the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced Thursday, July 4.

Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. said the commercial trial for the vaccines would be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) two weeks from now.

Commercial distribution will follow, Laurel said at the sidelines of Presidential Assistance for Farmers, Fisherfolk and Families event in Calabayog City, Eastern Samar.

“Malapit nang lumabas ‘yung approval sa vaccine for the swine. FDA and the DA are working very closely on this. Ang ganda ng teamwork namin,” according to the agri chief.

Laurel described the vaccine as effective. 

“The vaccine from Vietnam really works. So, that solves our problem,” he said.

Earlier, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said the availability of anti-ASF vaccines would help the country’s swine industry in recovering from losses caused by the highly contagious and deadly swine disease.IMT