Extract from the EFRA Committee Report of July 23 2003
 
93. Without wishing to draw you into personalisation, which you have sought to avoid, you do report that the Chief Veterinary Officer was aware of the lack of progress on contingency planning. I think the Drummond Report had reached his level within the organisation. Do you feel that greater urgency should have been shown by him and his team in responding to that?
 (Dr Anderson) Yes, I do. I think this Report is a very important statement in the context of the history of the epidemic. It was provoked as early as 1998 when discussions within the State Veterinary Service raised concerns of potential weaknesses. It was published in February 1999 and was reviewed at intervals all the way through until July 2000 without any substantial progress being made but always with calls for the need for that progress to be made. Then in July 2000 as you know it was overtaken by events. I think that is unfortunate.  94. Even more unfortunate when the external warnings of foot and mouth disease spreading in Asia and Africa and the potential implications of that were known in the veterinary community and within the veterinary community in MAFF?
 (Dr Anderson) Yes, that is correct.
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 An emailer writes: 
 "which 'events' of July 2000? The only item I have found of relevance at that time was the outbreak in Greece, reported in  'The Report of the Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Health 2000' MAFF Publications, as follows (P.50)
                 "Foot and Mouth Disease(FMD)
An outbreak of FMD in the eastern regions of Evros and Xanthi was contained quickly through whole herd stamping out. The first case was confirmed on 10 July 2000 on a premise that grazes in the vicinity of the Turkish border.   Further spread in Evros occurred through common grazing and resulted in another nine confirmed cases during July and August. Two cases recorded in August in the neighbouring perfecture (sic) of Xanthi after personel (sic) movement.  The last two cases were confirmed mid-in Evros and were attributed to transport contact. The virus was typed as ASIA 1".
      
      Remember Simon Walters article in the Mail on Sunday of 18th  March 2001, on the closure of the special unit at Tolworth to monitor animal dealings, which concluded "Industry insiders believe a rogue dealer brought the foot-and-mouth virus in (in) a dirty lorry".   
     
 Were they right?  Or did this trigger a careless vaccine trial that went wrong ?

       We do not know, yet, but interestingly, page 47 of the same document reports an outbreak of Theilriosis in a research Institute farm in Scotland . I quote "It is likely that infection arose as a result of cross contamination during blood sampling of animals which were part of the Institute's programme of research aimed at developing  an improved vaccine against T. annulata.
      As the natural vector of T.annulata does not exist in GB, spread within the dairy herd is believed to have been caused by poor blood sampling techniques."
-- presumably, economising on needles. 
 
 No direct relevance -- I don't even know what Theileriosis is -- just an instance of vaccine research going wrong attributable to cheapskating (and poor bio-security).