Covid-19 Vaccine For Animals Is Being Rolled Out In Russia

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The Russian media reported on Thursday that animals have begun to be vaccinated against Covid-19. 

According to the BBC, Russia’s veterinary authority Rosselkhoznadzor has begun administering Carnivak-Cov vaccinations at veterinary clinics in many parts of the nation. A Carnivak-Cov vaccine can offer protection for up to six months.

Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary) said that This vaccine was earlier tested on cats, dogs, foxes, mink, and other animals and that was proven to be effective. The vaccination, which is given in two doses separated by 21 days, costs 500 rubles ($7) for the whole course. Following experiments that demonstrated the injection was safe and elicited an immunological response in 100% of vaccinated animals, Moscow approved it in March.

Earlier this month, Russia has stated that mass manufacture of Carnivac-Cov had begun. According to local media, the current manufacturing capacity is 3 million doses per month, with hopes of increasing to 5 million in the near future. Russia is also negotiating for the vaccine to be quickly registered in other countries, notably in the European Union.

While there is presently little indication that animals play a substantial role in the disease’s transmission to people, illnesses have been verified in a variety of species throughout the world, including apes, cats, dogs, and mink, according to the BBC article.

However, Minks, semi-aquatic animals raised for their fur, have been plagued by Covid-19. Some countries have reported viruses in farmed mink which, in some cases, have fallen severely ill or died.

The most recent and largest mink epidemic occurred in Denmark, which resulted in the culling of millions of animals and the entire shutdown of the business until 2022. (There’s also evidence that mink have modified the virus and passed it on to people.)

Zoetis, a veterinary pharmaceutical firm based in the United States, is also working on an animal vaccine.

Will your pet need a coronavirus vaccine?

The experts have shared their concerns about the effects of coronavirus on animals since the beginning of the pandemic. 

As mentioned earlier, while scientists show there is currently no evidence that pets/animals play a meaningful role in spreading the disease to people.But, viruses have been confirmed in various species worldwide. Are these, however, truly necessary? So far, here’s what we know.

A small number of dogs and cats have been noticed to be infected in several countries. The first covid case of a cat testing positive in the United Kingdom was confirmed in July (2020).

Several animals in zoos have also tested positive, in addition to household pets. The first known case of an animal being infected (COVID) in the United States is believed to be a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York. 

After that, 8 gorillas live in San Diego Zoo in California. So, they became the first known great apes to test positive for Corona. I these cases,  that was surmised that the animals became sick after being shown to a zoo-keeper that had the virus. 

So, The most important – do we want a vaccine for the pets?

There’re differing ideas on this. Just think about cats & dogs, The Scientists do not deem the pets play an important role in transmitting the virus to people, therefore, some question they want to vaccinate them at all. 

The scientists agree that, given the susceptibility of mink to Corona, there is merit in producing a vaccine for the animals. However, The decision is yours…

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