A scientist with many years experience of training vets in international animal disease control has said:
We need to identify the goals of post-vaccination testing and to determine whether the recommended restrictions of the EU Animal health and Welfare Committee in 1999 are indeed the best arrangement for all. That committee in its report laid down conditions for trade resumption from farms which are short, and were hotly debated, but were a positive step in the attempt to develop sensible periods of restriction post-vaccination based on risk, not some historic and outdated period of 3 or 12 months, or even longer.
It is vitally important that policy adapts to the new opportunities presented by the new tools for virus surveillance. And also that politicians lead the process of calling for technical tools to be made available for use in regional laboratories/facilities around Europe. This would achieve the goal of rapid resumption of normal trading practices for farmers as soon as possible after outbreaks.
What is required is not really new research - it is not the nature of research to find solutions; it is the nature of research to find new questions or problems to justify more funding
What is required is for administrations to enter a tendering process for the delivery of the new diagnostic/surveillance tools to perform at agreed levels in regional laboratories.
The diagnostics industry for FMD has been constrained by the lack of policy in regard to use of vaccination - therefore we must create a climate that encourages delivery of the tools into the workplace, ready for a contingency.
Politicians should not wait for the science, since the science was and is constrained by the funding brought about by the lack of a policy that supported post-vaccination surveillance! (Hence the reason why the new post-vaccination tests have sat about since 1997 without being turned into kits until the September 2001).