US approves 1st vaccine for honeybees

Now the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a conditional license for a first ever honeybee vaccine.

The goal of the vaccine is to prevent bee fatalities from American “foulbrood disease,” a bacterial condition that weakens colonies by attacking bee larvae. The US has seen annual declines in honeybee colonies since 2006, according to the USDA.

The vaccine could serve as a “breakthrough in protecting honey bees,” said Dalan Animal Health CEO Annette Kleiser in a statement.

The vaccine is said to work by introducing an inactive version of the bacteria into the royal jelly fed to the queen, whose larvae then gain immunity. 

It’s interesting to note that a BBC article about the new vaccine does not mention one of most well-known issues hurting honeybee colonies: the widespread use of pesticides, like glyphosate, that farmers use today and have the stamp of approval from the Environmental Protection Agency.

In August of 2021 the BBC published the article “Farm pesticides killing more bees – study,” based on an analysis of 90 studies. The analysis concluded that ready-mixed “cocktails” of agricultural pesticides sold to farmers can kill many bees.

“Exposure to multiple pesticides is the norm, not the exception,” study leader Dr. Harry Siviter, from the University of Texas at Austin, told the BBC.

“If you have a honeybee colony exposed to one pesticide that kills 10% of the bees and another pesticide that kills another 10%, you would expect, if those effects were additive, for 20% of the bees to be killed,” Dr. Siviter said. But he said a “synergistic effect” could actually produce a higher 30-40% mortality.

“And that’s exactly what we found when we looked at the interactions,” he said.

A healthy beekeeping industry is an invaluable industry to the US economy, as it adds $20 billion to the value of US crop production, according to the American Beekeeping Foundation.

A press release from the vaccine manufacturer does not reference any type of testing or efficacy results of the vaccine.

Dalan Animal Health says it plans to distribute the vaccine “on a limited basis” to commercial beekeepers, and says the product will probably be available for purchase by others in the US this year.

Read more about new vaccine here and more about pesticide use here.

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11 thoughts on “US approves 1st vaccine for honeybees”

    1. I would assume intended extermination program so we have to each worms and fake meat. This will directly impact our fresh food supply and almost impossible to control. This is so sad:(

  1. Misdirection at best.
    The term “vaccine” applied to a non-problem makes a smokescreen for the real ones. PESTICIDES are the problem. A healthy queen will out produce most pesky realities of nature with minimal intervention by a beekeeper. How long before beekeepers are forced by Dept’s of Ag to use the non-solution to a non-problem?
    Don’t look there, LOOK OVER HERE.
    Lord help us.

  2. As a beekeeper in New Zealand, where we are working hard to eliminate AFB, I too am highly suspicious of this vaccine. If AFB spores can remain in an environment for 20 years it would be extremely dangerous to muck around with a vaccine that “may” work.

  3. Suzanne McConeghy

    How can a free society in 2023 “allow” anyone to play God on such a grand scale without care for the unintended consequences of these actions on honeybees? These “scientists” quite obviously are playing Russian roulette with Mother Nature. We used to be a world concerned with conserving all endangered species. No more? From the same people who will cry climate change foul if you don’t agree with their dogma, especially after every other doom prediction over the last 100+ years has failed to materialize: global warming/cooling, beach erosion, sea levels rising/global flooding from icebergs melting, etc… Are we all so cowardly & complicit not to protest these scientists from conducting their experiments on us and our vulnerable delicate agricultural food chain?

  4. Another question is whether this “vaccine” is of the mRNA variety. If so, can the spike protein end up in the honey in any way? If that is possible, then this can be another indirect vector to “vaccinate” humans, just as they purportedly are doing through mRNA injections on cattle, pigs, sheep, etc.

  5. This will be a complete and utter disaster. The root cause is never resolved. It’s always create another money making solution for big business.

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