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Russia registers world’s first Covid-19 vaccine for animals

Mass production of the Carnivac-Cov vaccine could begin in April.

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Russia has registered the world’s first vaccine against Covid-19 for animals, mass production of which could be launched in April, Konstantin Savenkov, deputy head of Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor told reporters, according to Sputnik.

Savenkov said the Carnivac-Cov vaccine, developed by the Federal Centre for Animal Health, was the first and currently only vaccine against coronavirus for animals.

“The clinical trials of Carnivac-Cov, which started in October last year, involved dogs, cats, polar foxes, minks, foxes and other animals.

“The results of the studies allow us to conclude that the vaccine is harmless and has high immunogenic activity, since all vaccinated animals developed antibodies to coronavirus in 100% of cases,” he said.

Rosselkhoznadzor scientists are continuing to study how long immunity lasts after vaccination although the current number is six months.

“Already in April, mass production of the vaccine can be launched on the basis of the country’s largest platform for the production of medicines for animals – the Federal Centre for Animal Health,” Savenkov said.

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