The aim of this work package is to produce a novel LSD vaccine and test its ability to protect cattle against challenge with LSDV. The key WP output will be a next-generation LSDV vaccine which is specifically designed for use in Europe and neighbouring countries. It will be safe, reliable and enable differentiation between infected and vaccinated animals (DIVA).
Professor Pip Beard is the co-ordinator of the DEFEND H2020 project. She is a veterinarian, pathologist and virologist specialising in the unique group of complex DNA viruses which replicate in the cytoplasm of a host cell.