Russia says it is developing a new Covid-19 vaccine to protect mink on its vast fur farms, as well as domestic cats.
Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s veterinary watchdog, has announced that he is working on a vaccine for animals that should be tested in the fall.
This follows cases of domestic cats with Covid-19 in Moscow and Tyumen
Moscow is developing another “revolutionary” vaccine to protect mink on its vast fur farms, as well as domestic cats, as Vladimir Putin called their human vaccine “the world’s beater”
The head of Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s veterinary watchdog, said people will want a vaccine for their cats if they are infected. Stock Image Used
“We are working on the creation of a vaccine for animals against the novel coronavirus infection,” said the head of the organization, Sergey Dankvert.
“The vaccine is mainly needed for mink,” he said.
“They spread the virus quickly.”
A case has been reported of a mink infecting a human in the Netherlands.
Russia has a hundred fur farms specializing in rearing mink for its large fur industry.
“People will also want to vaccinate pets – for example, cats infected with a new coronavirus infection,” he said.
It comes after Russia has claimed that the West is actively seeking to poach scientists behind its controversial new Covid-19 vaccine.
The head of the Gamaleya Institute for Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia, Professor Alexander Gintsburg, the key scientist behind the human vaccine hailed by Vladimir Putin as a global drummer, has said in several interviews that the “jealous” West is seeking to “redeem” the best brains on his team.
Russia has around 100 fur farms specializing in rearing mink for its large fur industry and there has been a reported case of a mink infecting a human in the Netherlands.
“Any American or European university can only dream of having such researchers,” he said.
And they seek to attract them.
“But they won’t be able to.
The team that did the Covid-19 vaccination had been together for ten years, he said, saying they were resistant to lucrative approaches.
The rush to announce the Sputnik V vaccine – tested only on dozens of people – has been widely criticized in the West and key figures in Russia.
Russian health chiefs have been forced to clarify that it cannot be used on those under 18 or over 60 because tests have not been carried out on these age groups.
“A lot of extra work is definitely needed,” admitted Gintsburg, who is running post-registration tests on 30,000 people.
The rush to announce the Sputnik V vaccine – tested only on dozens of people – has been widely criticized in the West, and key figures in Russia
The mass vaccination will start in about a month, it is expected.
But Rospotrebnadzor chief, Russian public health watchdog Anna Popova, has made it clear the country will not rely solely on the Gintsburg vaccine that the Kremlin announced with fanfare last week when the drug was registered. .
“It is absolutely certain that every country, including the Russian Federation, should have several different vaccines. This is what we are doing today, ”she said.