Finnish scientists work on development of Covid-19 vaccine for animals

Source : 112 Ukraine

The vaccine should protect such animals as mink and raccoon dog from the infection with coronavirus
09:50, 13 January 2021

There are more than 1,000 mink farms in Denmark
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The vaccine for the protection of animals from coronavirus is being developed by scientists from Finland. Finnish Fur Breeders' Association – FIFUR together with the research group of the University of Helsinki working on the development of the medicine as DW reported citing FIFUR.

“The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the Covid-19 disease, is not just a new infectious disease that poses a serious threat to human health. Its spread to animals in agriculture, the fur industry and wildlife in Finland must be prevented quickly and effectively,” Assistant Professor of Threatening Infectious Diseases at the University of Helsinki Tarja Sironen stated.

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It is supposed that the Finnish vaccine should protect such animals as mink and raccoon dog from the infection with coronavirus.

The testing of the drug might last for a few months.

Currently, there are no cases of animals’ infection with Covid-19 in Finland; however, such cases were observed at the animal farms in Denmark and the Netherlands.

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As we reported earlier, Denmark announced that it would cull all of its mink after a mutated form of coronavirus was found on mink farms. There were concerns that the mutated variant could threaten the effectiveness of future vaccines.

However, it was reported later that about four million mink would be exhumed from mass graves and incinerated to prevent pollution. Once dug up, the mink will be incinerated as corporate waste.


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