Soon carnivorous animals, domestic or wild, may be vaccinated against the new coronavirus, Russia announced on Thursday (31) the success with the tests of the new immunizer. According to information from the agency Rosselkhoznadzor, the vaccine called Carnivac-Cov, was registered today and production may start next month.
According to the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service of the country, the tests started in October, and proved the presence of antibodies in the animals that received the vaccine, for now, dogs, cats, mink and foxes. “The results of the studies allow us to conclude that the vaccine is harmless and that it is highly immunogenic, since antibodies to the coronavirus were developed in 100% of the cases,” says Konstantin Savenkov, deputy head of the regulatory agency.
Viral mutation is one of the researchers’ main goals for creating the vaccine. Some cases of animal contamination by Covid-19 have been recorded since the pandemic began.
The case of greatest repercussion was in Denmark, in November, when more than 17 million minks were killed after some animals were infected and transmitted the virus to 12 people.
In Brazil, cases of contamination in animals have also been recorded. In Curitiba, a kitten was the first diagnosed with Covid-19 infection. The Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) also detected the new coronavirus in two dogs, one of the French Buldog breed and the other mixed breed, which were probably contaminated by the owners who had the disease. All presented as a symptom, a slight nasal discharge.
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