Russia Registers World’s First COVID-19 Vaccine for Animals, Agricultural Watchdog Says

A mutated strain of the coronavirus previously forced countries across the globe to kill millions of farm animals, as people tried to stop the spread of the pandemic.

Russia has registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for animals, the agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor announced on Wednesday. The new vaccine, named Carnivac-Cov, was developed by the Federal Centre for Animal Health, and showed no side effects during preliminary trials.

“Dogs, cats, arctic foxes, mink, foxes, and other animals were involved in the clinical trials of Carnivac-Cov, which started in October of last year. The results of the tests allow us to conclude that the vaccine is harmless for the animals and has high immunogenic activity, with coronavirus antibodies developing in 100% of cases”, deputy head of the watchdog, Konstantin Savenkov said.

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