ADDIS ABABA– The African Union (AU) Continental Vaccine Bank, located at the Ethiopian Veterinary Health Institute in Bishoftu, about 45 kilometres from here, has been inaugurated by AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

During the ceremony Wednesday, he said the development of Africa’s livestock resources needed to be enhanced by injecting modern technologies and research outputs to increase benefits from the sector

The inability to derive the proper benefit from the continent’s animal resources is because of the fact that the sector is now only at its take-off stage, he added.

The vaccine bank is significant to accumulate and store veterinary vaccines of international standard in quality and quantity.

According to Mahamat, the vaccine bank and the modern technology co-operative laboratory will contribute greatly to improving livestock productivity, ensuring food security, and providing nutritional needs and benefiting producers from the sector.

He said the AU was committed to strengthening the vaccine bank’s financial, technological and capacity-building efforts and thanked the Ethiopian government for its support for the project.

He noted that the contribution of livestock to the continent should be further supported by technology and research to enhance the benefits earned from the sector.

Ethiopian State Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Dr. Mesrak Gashaw said the veterinary vaccine bank had become a reality because of the AU’s material, professional and technical support.