The world’s first animal COVID-19 vaccine developed by Rosselkhoznadzor scientists has been registered in Russia, TASS reports citing Konstantin Savenkov, deputy head of the supervisory authority.
“Sorbed inactivated vaccine for carnivores” Carnivak-Cov, “developed by the Federal Center for Animal Health, subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor, is registered in Russia. It is the first and to date the only preventive drug for animal COVID-19 in the world, “said Savenkov.
According to him, in April, mass production of the vaccine may be launched on the basis of the country’s largest platform of the Federal Center for Animal Health.
Savenkov added that in the clinical trials of the vaccine, which started in October last year, dogs, cats, sands, minks, foxes and other animals were involved.
“The results of the studies make it possible to conclude about the harmlessness of the vaccine and its high immunogenic activity, since all the vaccinated animals tested in 100% of cases developed antibodies to coronavirus,” the representative of the Rosselkhoznadzor added.
Savenkov also noted that Rosselkhoznadzor scientists continue to study how long immunity is developed after the introduction of the drug.
“To date, this indicator is at least six months,” he said.
Interest in Russian development is shown by other countries, including Greece, Poland, Austria, as well as the USA, Canada and Singapore. The vaccine is of particular importance because, as noted by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), some species of animals are susceptible to COVID-19.