July 1, 2024


Ethiopia achieves self-sufficiency in animal vaccines, expands export to 33 countries


Ethiopia is not only self-sufficient in animal vaccines but is also earning foreign currency by exporting to 33 countries in the Middle East and Africa, according to Ethiopia's National Veterinary Institute (NVI), Ethiopian News Agency reported.


Debebe Shimekit, vaccine sales and customer service team leader at NVI, told ENA that the institute has been producing animal vaccines and supplying them to both domestic and foreign markets since its establishment in 1964.


Debebe said NVI is one of the most well-known veterinary vaccine-producing institutions in Africa, with its multidisciplinary professional staff having long years of experience.


Debebe highlighted that the institute has played a crucial role in safeguarding the health of livestock, which serves as a universal source of income for Ethiopian pastoralists and farmers. The institute focuses on producing and marketing drugs to prevent diseases caused by bacteria and viruses in animals.


The NVI produces and supplies 23 types of vaccines for domestic animals, including chickens, camels, dogs, and cattle.


Debebe disclosed that the institute exported 41.5 million doses of animal vaccines and supplied 292 million doses domestically in the past 11 months alone. Ethiopia has not imported animal vaccination drugs for several years, effectively reducing foreign exchange expenditures.


The NVI exports vaccines to countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Chad, South Sudan, and other African nations with large livestock populations.


Ethiopia is the first country in Africa to establish an institution capable of producing essential medicines for animal vaccination. The 60-year-old institute has the capacity to produce 350 million doses of vaccines annually.


The NVI actively engages in identifying livestock disease problems and seeks solutions through the development and promotion of research products. This approach aims to alleviate livestock diseases while safeguarding animal welfare and the environment.


The institute collaborates closely with national veterinary service delivery institutions as a stakeholder in the field. It also partners with national and international institutes on various activities such as vaccine development and enhancement, vaccine production, pathogen identification and characterization, and technology transfer related to these areas.


-      Ethiopian News Agency