New England zoos begin vaccinating animals against COVID-19

New England zoos in the northeastern United States have begun vaccinating animals susceptible to COVID-19 infection. Despite the absence of cases in Franklin Park and Stone, veterinarians decided to vaccinate the animals with Zoetis as a preventive measure, according to the zoos’ website on September 22.

“This vaccine is an important preventive measure to protect species susceptible to infection with the virus. While we do not expect any adverse reactions to the vaccine and have not been reported from other zoos, we will be closely monitoring for any signs of an animal reaction to the vaccine, ”said Dr. Chris Bonar, senior veterinarian at the Animal Health Department of New England Zoos. …

The animal vaccine was developed by Zoetis, which has donated more than 11,000 doses of the drug to more than 100 mammalian species found in nearly 70 zoos and other animal care facilities in the United States. The use of the vaccine in the zoo was authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture after considering the case of each animal potentially vulnerable to the virus.

The New England Zoo contains species at greatest risk of infection, including primates, felines (lions, tigers, and snow leopards), and mustelids (ferrets and North American river otters). They will get the vaccine first. Like the vaccine developed for humans, animal Zoetis comes in two doses and is given approximately four weeks apart. Zoo officials estimate that it will take three to four months to fully vaccinate all at-risk species in Franklin Park and Stone.

In Russia, they offer to protect animals from coronavirus with a special veterinary vaccine “Karnivak-Kov”. Poland, Hungary, Greece, Germany, Estonia, Lebanon, Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador are interested in Russian development.

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