Russia has registered the world's first mal vaccine against Covid-19, said Konstantin Savenkov, the deputy head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytostary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) on Wednesday.
"Carnivak-Cov, a sorbate inactivated vaccine against the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) for carnivorous mals, developed by Rosselkhoznadzor's Federal Center for mal Health, has been registered in Russia. So far, it is the world's first and only product for preventing COVID-19 in mals," he said, according to Tass news agency.
The outlet further reported that The mass production of the world's first mal vaccine against COVID-19 may be launched as early as in April, on the basis of the country's largest platform to produce veterinary products - the Federal Center for mal Health, the official said.
According to Savenkov, clinical trials of Carnivak began last October and involved dogs, cats, foxes and Arctic foxes, minks and other mals.
Tass further reported that other countries have already shown interest in the anti-coronavirus vaccine for mals, developed by Russian scientists, Konstantin Savenkov has told reporters.
"As COVID-19 cases are registered in mals in many countries worldwide, purchases of the Federal Center for mal Health's vaccine, are planned by domestic mal-breeding enterprises and commercial firms from Greece, Poland and Austria. Compes from the United States, Canada and Singapore have also demonstrated interest in Carnivak-Cov," he said.
As per the World Orgzation for mal Health, certain mal species are susceptible to COVID-19. Cases of the disease have been registered in various mals all over the world. Every week, countries inform the World Orgzation for mal Health about mal cases of COVID-19 on their territory. Last week, the orgzation received information about three such cases in Mexico and one in Brazil.
Tass further reported that mass outbreaks of COVID-19 were earlier registered at fur farms. On November 4, 2020, Denmark's government made a decision to exterminate 17 mln minks for fears they might infect humans with the mutated coronavirus.
According to Savenkov, two cases of the novel coronavirus infection in cats have been registered in Russia so far: in Moscow and Tyumen (West Siberia).
"According to Russian scientists, the use of the vaccine can prevent further mutations of the virus, which often occur during the inter-specific transmission of the pathogen. At the same time, it should be noted that so far, there has been no scientific evidence of the novel coronavirus transmission from mals to humans, as the World Health Orgzation has repeatedly stated," the Russian official said.
In his words, mals can also contract other coronaviruses, different from SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19.
( With inputs from ANI )
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