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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Vaccination Task Force

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency
613-773-6600
cfia.media.acia@inspection.gc.ca

The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Vaccination Task Force is dedicated to studying the challenges and opportunities for the development and implementation of an HPAI vaccination program.

This task force serves as a forum for discussion and consensus building that brings together insights from veterinarians, experts from academia, industry representatives and government representatives on issues relating to the potential use of vaccination against HPAI in Canada.

Background

The recent outbreak of H5N1 HPAI has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of millions of domestic and wild birds throughout the globe. HPAI has occurred in areas of the world where it had never occurred previously, such as countries in Central and South America. In Canada, millions of birds have been impacted since December 2021.

Canada has historically maintained a stamping out policy for HPAI with the goal of achieving disease eradication in poultry and a return to disease-free status. However, the scale and duration of this outbreak, along with international movements towards exploring the use of vaccination as an additional tool to fight against HPAI, has prompted Canada to take action.

In response, this task force was formed in June 2023 building on what has been done to date to bring government, experts and stakeholders together for discussion and consensus building regarding the potential use of vaccination against HPAI in Canada. The task force will also inform the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) decision making process regarding the potential implementation of a vaccination program.

Topics of discussion

The task force will explore whether Canada would benefit from a vaccination program. Topics of discussion will include and are not limited to:

Members

The task force is co-chaired by the CFIA and an industry representative.

Co-chairs

Members include industry representatives, veterinarians, academia experts and government representatives:

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