Russia registers COVID-19 vaccine for animals

2021-03-31 at 19:30

Russia has registered the world’s first vaccine for animals against COVID-19, after tests showed it generated antibodies against the virus in dogs, cats, foxes and mink.

Russia’s agricultural regulator said mass production of the vaccine, called Carnivac-Cov, can start in April.

The World Health Organization has expressed concern over the transmission of the virus between humans and animals.

The regulator said the vaccine would be able to protect vulnerable species and thwart viral mutations. Russia has so far only registered two cases of COVID-19 among animals, both in cats.

The watchdog said the animals had continued to show an immune response for at least six months since the trials began in October.

It said it would continue to study the vaccine’s effect on the animal.