Strengthening the biosafety partnership between Australia and Indonesia

The Albanian government has announced a new $10 million biosafety cooperation program to help Indonesia respond to outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and lumpy skin disease (LSD).

The package announced today by Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Murray Watt at the National Press Club will see Australia provide additional vaccines, as well as technical and advisory support to strengthen the country’s biosecurity measures. ‘Indonesia.

Australia will provide personal protective equipment and disinfectants, train field staff and provide biosecurity expertise to combat these outbreaks.

Minister Watt said one of the ways to prevent any outbreak in Australia was to help the Indonesian government in its efforts to stop the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.

“This package includes $4 million for the purchase of foot-and-mouth disease and LSD vaccines. This is in addition to the support already announced for Indonesia, which included 1 million doses of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine and nearly ‘half a million doses of LSD vaccine already committed by the Australian Government,’ said Minister Watt.

“The Indonesian government will direct these vaccines to areas of the country that need them the most.

“We have also included seed funding so that Indonesia can set up a livestock identification system.”

Foreign Minister Penny Wong said the package was another demonstration of the close partnership between Australia and Indonesia.

“Indonesia is one of our closest neighbors and partners in the region and the Australian Government is willing to offer all the assistance we can at this time,” Minister Wong said.

“Safeguarding our region’s biosecurity is a shared concern and this package will build on our long-standing health cooperation, including through the Australia-Indonesia Health Security Partnership.

“We are committed to working together to respond to this common threat.”

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