April 30, Friday, Agricultural regulator said that Russia has produced the world’s first batch — 17,000 doses — of COVID-19 vaccines for animals.
In March, Russia registered Carnivac-Cov after tests showed it generated antibodies against COVID-19. Clinical trials of the Russian animal vaccine began in October last year and involved dogs, cats, Arctic foxes, mink, foxes, and other animals.
“The results of the trials allow us to conclude that the vaccine is safe and highly immunogenic as all the vaccinated animals developed antibodies to the coronavirus,” Konstantin Savenkov, Rosselkhonadzor’s Deputy Head, said in the statement.
In a statement, the first batch will be supplied to several regions of Russia. It said companies from Germany, Greece, Poland, Austria, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Lebanon, Iran, and Argentina had expressed interest in purchasing the vaccine.
The World Health Organization has expressed concern over the transmission of the virus between humans and animals. The regulator said the vaccine would be able to protect vulnerable species and thwart viral mutations.
Mass production of the vaccine can start in April.