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Russia develops the first Covid vaccine for animals

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  • Some species are susceptible to coronavirus and cases have been detected in mink farms in several European countries - including Spain

The Russian authorities have announced the registration of the first coronavirus vaccine that can be used in animals - including cats, dogs, mink and other species - after holding clinical trials since October.

The deputy director of the Russian veterinary control body (Rosseljoznadzor), Konstantin Savenkov, said that the vaccine, called Carnivac-Cov, “is the first and so far the only compound in the world to prevent Covid-19 disease in animals.”

He also said that industrial-scale production of the vaccine is expected to "begin in April" at one of the Federal Centre for the Protection of Animal Health plants, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported.

Savenkov emphasised that clinical trials have shown that the vaccine is safe and that the animals that received it developed antibodies against the coronavirus, which last at least six months.

He argued that the vaccine will be of great importance since some species are susceptible to coronavirus. Some cases of Covid-19 have been detected in mink farms in several European countries - including Spain.