South Asia and Beyond

Russia Registers World’s First COVID Animal Vaccine

No, it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke. While the world lays out Coronavirus vaccine timetables, Russia has registered the globe’s first animal vaccine, developed by scientists of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor). Clinical trials, news agency TASS reports, started in October on dogs, cats, foxes, minks and other animals and mass production is expected this month. In May last year, Denmark culled 17 million minks with concerns the animals were spreading a mutated form of Coronavirus and might infect humans. Russia says firms from Greece, Poland, Austria, the United States, Canada and Singapore have already expressed interest in the ‘Carnivak-Cov’ vaccine.


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