The European Commission Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) decided on Wednesday that the existing protective measures adopted in response to outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom will be extended until 27 March 2001. The dispatch of live animals, fresh meat and meat products, milk and milk products and other animal products from the UK continues to be prohibited, unless the latter are treated appropriately. In addition to already existing measures, further precautionary measures will be taken: An EU wide ban of markets and assembly points for all vulnerable species, a standstill of all susceptible species except for direct slaughter and direct from farm to farm, subject to authorisation by the authorities and disinfection of the tyres of vehicles travelling from the UK to other Member States. The proposal will be formally adopted by the Commission in the next few days and shall be reviewed at the next meeting of the SVC, for the moment scheduled for 20 and 21 March 2001. In a statement issued by the European Commission the Member States also added that vaccination is not the appropriate response to the outbreak.