As the world scrambles to secure enough Covid-19 vaccines for humans, Russian scientists have developed and registered a Covid-19 vaccine for carnivorous animals — Carnivak-Cov.
It happened just days after Alexander Gintsburg, the director of Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, warned the world that the virus could start spreading via animals living on farms and in our homes.
This is the first and, for now, the only registered Covid-19 vaccine suitable for animals.
Konstantin Savenkov, the deputy head of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), said that researchers started the trials for this sorbate inactivated vaccine last October.
It involved minks, cats, Arctic foxes, dogs, foxes, and some other animals. All animals that received the Carnivak-Cov vaccine developed antibodies, and the results showed that the vaccine has high safety levels and a solid immunogenic effect.
According to scientists, the vaccine’s effects should last from six months upwards and can prevent the virus from mutating further. It’s expected the vaccine will go into mass production early this month.
Savenkov revealed that numerous companies from Austria, Poland, and Greece have already announced their plans for buying the vaccine, while Singapore, the US, and Canada have also expressed their interests.
The vaccine is even more important when we consider that, in May 2020, Denmark killed over 17 million Covid-19 infected minks in fear of the animals spreading the virus onto humans and other animals.
Russia was the pioneer in rolling out a Covid-19 vaccine for humans last year, even though it was passionately criticized because it was released for use before the third phase of the trials was finished.
However, the analysis of the vaccine for humans showed that it’s 100% efficient against moderate and severe disease and 91.6% efficient against symptomatic Covid-19.
We can only hope that their Carnivak-Cov vaccine for carnivorous animals is equally efficient.