Reports confirm the delay in the funding for a new trial of the Hendra virus vaccine. Following the reports, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has come out in all support and has defended the delay.
The deadly virus is believed to have surfaced again in Queensland and has threatened the lives of 11 people.
Defending the delay, Ms. Bligh however said that she understood and sympathized with the frustrations of people who had lost their loved ones to the deadly virus.
Ms. Bligh also added that it was vital to put together a scientifically rigorous program before a government could fund the same. However, according to her, a commercially viable vaccine was still some years away.
Responding to the developments, Queensland Primary Industries Minister, Tim Mulherin said that the state and federal Governments would each provide $300,000 for the trial of the vaccine on horses.
In the wake of the Minister' announcement, a hendra virus widow said that the money was a welcome initiative but was long overdue.
The trail vaccine that is being developed by the CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory and is being considered as an ally of angst among vets and horse owners, the Australian Veterinary Association said.
Further, the Association's Vice President Dr. Barry Smyth said, "This is a very significant public health issue for people in the horse industry and it's very pleasing this vital research will be able to go ahead".
On the other hand, Queensland Horse Council President, Debbie Dekker urged the horse owners to remain vigilant against the disease and take precautionary measures.