SPOTLIGHT: BOTSWANA VACCINE INSTITUTE
Established as a partnership between Merial and the government of Botswana back in 1978, the Botswana Vaccine Institute (BVI) has become one of the largest vaccine-producing labs in Africa. With capacities for industrial-scale production of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines, the BVI functions as the regional reference laboratory for FMD for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and its work has helped control dozens of other important animal diseases, serving as a model for efficient disease monitoring throughout the continent
In August 2015, Ségolène Royal, the French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy, visited the BVI highlighting it as a symbol of franco-botswana cooperation. While welcoming the Minister, Dr. George Matlho, general manager of the institute, cited the longstanding partnership with Merial as a key element in establishing BVI as the largest sustainable veterinary vaccine producer in Africa. At the end of 2014, we renewed our collaboration agreement for a further 10 years, supporting our goal of helping to control infectious animal diseases of major social and economic importance throughout the world.