Russia registers first vaccine against COVID-19 for animals

Russia has just registered the first vaccine for COVID-19 for animals, according to an announcement made on Wednesday (31). The country’s objective with the immunizer, called Carnivak-Cov, is to help prevent the possible emergence of more dangerous SARS-CoV-2 mutations, but also to favor the industry that depends on animals for sustenance, which has been affected by small outbreaks.

So far, some animals have been diagnosed with the disease, but there is still no concrete information to prove that they can increase the spread of the virus to humans. However, immunization can help the scenario to become serious at some point. According to Konstantin Savenkov, deputy head of agricultural surveillance in Russia, the vaccine was registered after undergoing a rigorous testing process, which involved animals of different species, such as dogs, cats, foxes and mink.

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The initial results showed that all animals showed antibodies against the coronavirus, with immunity that can last for at least six months, and the next steps of the tests will show how each type of animal is affected by COVID-19. Companies from countries such as Canada, the United States, Poland and Singapore have already shown interest in the immunizer, which may start to be manufactured as early as April.

Source: Forbes

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