Russia has produced the first batch of Covid vaccine for animals, said the country’s agriculture regulator announced on Friday. This could help vulnerable animals, prevent dangerous mutations of the virus that can occur in animals and can help animal-driven industries like mink farming from the disease.
Currently, the vaccine is named Carnivac-Cov, and Russia has already produced 17,000 doses of the vaccine has been produced at Russia’s Federal Center for Animal Health. The initial doses are said to be distributed across the Russian regions, but countries like Germany, Poland, Kazakhstan, Thailand, and South Korea have already shown interest in these vaccines, said the agriculture regulator. As of now, it is unclear which of the animals will receive this first batch of vaccines. One should also note that these vaccines were registered back in March and were shown to induce responses in dogs, cats, mink, and foxes. Notably, the government is trying to register the vaccine globally, especially with the EU.
The need for an Animal vaccine
While the goal of vaccinating the entire mankind is a long road ahead, one can always question the need for animal vaccines in the midst of the pandemic. But we should note that vaccinating animals along with mankind is an important aspect in the long-term goal of controlling the disease. One should also note the fact that this disease takes its origin from animals like many other diseases. Therefore, it is very important to immunize the animal stocks as well. Moreover, one should also note that this immunization also helps us prevent dangerous mutations that can happen when cross-transmission occurs between animals and humans. While there are no reports that animals can spill back the virus into the human population, we have every reason to be cautious on our part.
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