Suara.com – Last Wednesday, Russia announced that it would launch a COVID-19 vaccine specifically for animals in April 2021.
The agricultural regulatory agency Rosselkhoznadzor said the vaccine, named Carnival-Cov, had proven effective and had been tested on dogs, cats and other animals in October 2020.
“All animals have been tested through vaccination, which develops antibodies by 100 percent,” said Konstantin Savenkov, deputy head of Rosselkhoznadzor quoted by Suara.com from Medical Express, Wednesday (31/3/2021).
According to him, the vaccine is the first product that can prevent COVID-19 infection in animals, as well as help prevent viral mutations. “The use of vaccines, according to Russian scientists, can prevent the development of viral mutations,” said Konstantin.
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The agency has also added animal breeding facilities at private companies including Greece, Poland, Austria, the United States, Canada and Singapore.
Recently, a report from Science Mag stated that a US veterinary pharmaceutical company, Zoetis, is developing a vaccine for mink as well as cats. According to data from the pharmaceutical company, cats and dogs provide a strong immune response to viral molecules, as well as antigens that are sufficient to protect against infection.
According to William Karesh, executive vice president of health at the EcoHealth Alliance, each animal has a different immune response. “Different species have different immune responses, so it is necessary to double or multiply the antigen levels in dogs and cats,” he said.
He said, although the perception of COVID-19 will disappear after vaccination, this virus still has the risk of being transmitted, including in animals. “There is a perception that COVID-19 will disappear, it will still be there. So, the risks to animals will not disappear,” he said.
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