China to vaccinate 14bn poultry against bird flu

China will vaccinate all of the country’s 14 billion poultry against bird flu, the country’s top veterinary official said today.

“China is in the process of vaccinating all the poultry in the country,” said Jia Youling, the Agriculture Ministry’s chief veterinary officer.

All fees will be covered by the government, said Jia, who was answering questions about bird flu on the internet.

He did not give any more details on the vaccinations. China has more than 14 billion farm poultry, accounting for almost 21% of the world’s total.

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