Regional Workshop for the International Networking of African Swine Fever Research in Asia

The introduction and continued spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Asia is causing great concern and impact on pig production and the global pork maker. However, the mechanism of viral pathogenicity and immune response of ASF has not been elucidated well, and a safe and effective vaccine for ASF has not been developed. Because there is no formal ASF research network established in Asia, the OIE organized the Regional Workshop for the International Networking of ASF Research in Asia from 26 to 27 February 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, in collaboration with the National Institute of Animal Health (NIAH), Japan, to identify research needs and technical gaps in Asia for the control of ASF, to share information on ASF research and to facilitate future collaboration between ASF researchers in Asia. The workshop was attended by 25 participants including the experts from Ghana, Japan, R.O. Korea, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Uganda, U.S.A. and Vietnam.