the state branches of equestrian nsw, victoria, queensland and south australia all issued public statements over the easter weekend, distancing themselves from the commercial alignment, while vehement opposition was launched on social media. however, while the hendra virus is confined to northern nsw and queensland, the use of the vaccine has strong supporters in other states who point out the deadly disease kills humans, with vets being the most common fatalities.ea made the vaccine mandatory for all competition horses following the outbreak of the hendra virus in 2012, while the racing industry and other horse sports took a more cautious position.asked whether the vaccine been “rushed”, as ea’s critics maintain, a spokesperson said, “ea are not in a position to comment on the public release of the vaccination and its wide spread use. however, as a reference point, in 2016 there was a queensland parliamentary investigation into the safety and administration of the hendra vaccine and additionally to this, a study by racing queensland, that released its findings in 2018.”the queensland study, believed to be the first in the world on vaccination against the hendra virus, confirmed it did not affect the racing performance of thoroughbred horses.in the march 29 press release announcing the sponsorship, zoetis equine business unit director stephanie armstrong said, “by leveraging our strong heritage and focus on education, this partnership represents a fantastic opport...