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World’s first Covid-19 vaccine for animals developed in Russia

Scientists in Russia developed the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine for animals. The vaccine showed effective results in cats, dogs, foxes and mink, it was registered based on these results which its health agency claims also thwarts mutations.

The agricultural regulator in Russia last week said, Russia has registered the world’s first corona-virus vaccine for animals, the affirmation came after the tests showed that the vaccine named Carnivac-Cov, generated antibodies against the virus in dogs, cats, foxes and mink. The regulator, Rosselkhoznadzor said that the mass production of the vaccine for animals is likely to begin in April. The watchdog said that the immunity lasts for 6 months after the animal gets vaccinated.

The World Health Organization has shown concern over the transmission of the virus between humans and animals. In Denmark, last year, it was reported that a strain had passed from a human to a mink, the human later contracted the mutated strain, the Danish government ordered 17 million minks to be culled for this reason.

Rosselkhoznadzor has said that many businesses in Poland, Greece, and Austria are interested in the vaccine as well as many fur farms in Russia planned to buy the vaccine.

Clinical trials of the Russian animal vaccine began in October last year and involved dogs, cats, Arctic foxes, mink, foxes and other animals.

“The results of the trials allow us to conclude that the vaccine is safe and highly immunogenic as all the vaccinated animals developed antibodies to the corona virus,” Konstantin Savenkov, Rosselkhoznadzor’s Deputy Head, said in the statement.

Rosselkhoznadzor also said that animals had started showing immune response to the virus for 6 months since the start of the trial in October. However, Rosselkhoznadzor did not say whether the vaccinated animals that developed the antibodies tested positive for Covid-19 or not.

Russia is the first nation to register a COVID-19 vaccine specifically for animals. The country’s agriculture regulator says the vaccine, called Carnivac-Cov, proved efficacious in tests on dogs, cats, foxes, and mink. The vaccine will be ready for mass production in April.

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Russia has already developed 3 Covid-19 vaccines for humans, Sputnik V being the most popular of the three. The other 2 called CoviVac and EpiVacCorona were also granted emergency approvals by the government.

Russia reported 8,525 new cases on April 5th and the 7,025 recovered in the past 24 hours in the country, while in the same time period the country recorded 336 deaths due to the virus. 

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