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A non-replicative adenovirus vaccine platform for poultry diseases

Poultry are a vital village livestock asset and are particularly important for the economic independence of women in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In times of financial crisis, poultry become the most critical livestock asset due to their versatility and independence. Newcastle disease (ND) is one of the most critical poultry diseases in SSA, with some countries reporting on average ten ND outbreaks per year. Current vaccines against ND are either live or inactivated ND viruses. Inactivated ND vaccines provide incomplete protection, while live vaccines, although protective, may cause disease in uninfected and unvaccinated birds. In addition, current ND vaccines are produced in specific pathogen-free (SPF) chicken embryonated eggs, which are expensive and inefficient as a vaccine production method. Adenovirus (Ads) vectors are extensively used for recombinant vaccines with many advantages, including cost-effective manufacturing, long-term stability, high efficacy, and a well-established safety profile in humans and animals.

The proposed project will use a non-replicative adenovirus to express two major antigenic determinants of protection against ND: the glycoprotein HN and the F protein. The resultant recombinant adenovirus vectored vaccine will be produced in a HEK293 cell culture system rather than SPF eggs. Developing a recombinant ND vaccine that is safe and effective and which has the advantage of efficient production will enhance the availability and affordability of the ND vaccine with major gains for poultry smallholder farmers in Africa. A secondary aim of this project is to transfer technical capacity for recombinant adenovirus vaccine development and production to Ethiopia.

This project is funded through the Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund, a partnership between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada, and IDRC. It represents a joint investment of CA$57 million over five years to support the development, production, and commercialization of innovative vaccines against priority livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
30 months
IDRC Officer
Armando Heriazon
Total Funding
CA$ 906,088.00
South of Sahara
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund
Institution Country
Project Leader
Amine Kamen
The Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning/McGill University
Institution Country
Project Leader
Esayas Gelaye
National Veterinary Institute
Institution Country
Project Leader
Samia Rourou
Institut Pasteur de Tunis


A non-replicative adenovirus vaccine platform for poultry diseases : annexes

A non-replicative adenovirus vaccine platform for poultry diseases : annexes


The report details an experimental design for a vaccination in chickens. The trial is to be finalized at the National Veterinary Institute (NVI), Ethiopia, March 2020. The paper outlines trial days, number of dosages, route of administration and other pertinent details such as genotype and coding sequences.


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