BCG VACCINE BACKLOG WILL CONTINUE
THE worldwide shortage of BCG vaccine to protect children against TB means that supplies will not now be available until early 2018.
The vaccine, which was given routinely to infants, has not been available in Ireland since the end of April 2015.
There is only one licensed supplier of the BCG vaccine to Ireland. The manufacturer has had difficulties in the production of the BCG vaccine. Efforts have been made to find a company who can provide the vaccine for use in Ireland which satisfies all regulatory requirements on safety and efficacy.
But no suitable alternative product has been found.
It has meant there is now a backlog of tens of thousands of children who are not vaccinated against the disease. There are around 400 cases of TB reported annually.