Covid latest: Russia claims to be first country to develop vaccine for animals | World | News
The jab, named Carnivak-Cov, will help contain transmission of new Covid-19 variants, according to the Russian agriculture supervision entity Rosselkhoznadzor. It will enter the mass production stage this month after being tested on cats, dogs, mink and foxes.
The vaccine has been formulated for use on pets and some farm animals and will be available for purchase to foreign customers, according to reports.
Rosselkhoznadzor said buyers from Canada, the US, Singapore and Poland have shown interest in purchasing the jab.
Konstantin Savenkov, deputy head of the agency, said: “All test animals that were vaccinated developed antibodies to coronavirus in 100 percent of cases.
“It is the world’s first and only product for preventing Covid-19 in animals.”
Mr Savenkov said all the inoculated animals developed antibodies and that the findings of the study gave Russia “grounds to conclude that the vaccine is safe and has strong immunogenic effect.”
According to the official, the study found that the effect of the jab “is estimated to last no less than six months.”
He added: “According to Russian scientists, the use of the vaccine can prevent further mutations of the virus.”
The breakthrough comes as vaccine trials showed the Pfizer jab to be “100 percent effective” in children aged 12 to 13 who received it.