Washington: The world’s first vaccine was approved for use on honey bees in the United States.
According to US medical officials, the vaccine could be a major breakthrough in bee conservation, which has seen an annual decline in honey bee colonies since 2006.
The vaccine is reportedly designed to prevent deaths from American foul brood disease, in which bacteria attack bee larvae and weaken their colonies.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week approved a conditional license for the vaccine. The vaccine produces an inactivated version of the bacteria in the queen bee’s royal jelly feed, which provides immunity to the larvae.
It should be noted that honey bees play an important role in many aspects of the ecosystem.