Pets jabbed after scientists developed Covid vaccine for animals

This will stop you feeling ruff! Pets are being jabbed in Russia after scientists developed world’s first Covid vaccine for animals

  • Carnivac-Cov was registered in March and said to give 100 per cent protection
  • Experts say there is no evidence animals play significant role in spreading Covid
  • Military dogs were among the first Russian animals to be vaccinated for parade 

It’s no shaggy dog story – pets are now being jabbed after Russian scientists developed the world’s first Covid-19 vaccination for animals.

Carnivac-Cov was registered in March and is said to give 100 per cent protection against the virus.

Experts elsewhere say there is no evidence animals play a significant role in spreading Covid to humans, but cases have been confirmed in various species worldwide.

A dog receives an injection of the Carnivac-Cov vaccine against Covid-19 at the MosVet central veterinary clinic

Military dogs were among the first Russian animals to be vaccinated ahead of their appearance at a Red Square parade on May 9. 

Covid-19 has been a serious problem in particular for mink. 

The largest mink outbreak in Denmark led to the culling of millions of animals and shut down the fur industry until 2022.

Russian virologist Dr Nadezhda Rakhmanina said: ‘These animals can get sick with coronavirus en masse. So the vaccine is really needed.’ 

And Konstantin Savenkov, of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, added: ‘It is the world’s first and currently only coronavirus vaccine for animals.’

Dr Rakhmanina said: ‘This particular vaccine is needed, first of all, in fur farming.

Military dogs were among the first Russian animals to be vaccinated ahead of their appearance at a Red Square parade on May 9

‘Cases of mass deaths of fur-bearing animals abroad, including in Denmark, were described last year.

‘In general, fur-bearing animals are susceptible to many infectious diseases of humans, they even have a susceptibility to influenza… Over the past year, it has not been proven that pets can be a source of Covid-19 infection for humans.

‘There are isolated cases of infection in cats, which have been described and proven. But there is no mass [evidence] yet.’

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