The American Zoo in Oakland, Northern California has begun vaccinating animals against coronavirus, reported on website organizations.
The first to be vaccinated will be animals from high risk groups, these are tigers, black bears and grizzlies, mountain lions, ferrets, they have already received the first of two doses. Veterinarians will then administer the drugs to primates, bats, and pigs.
“So far, we have used public barriers to provide social distancing, along with improved personal protective equipment worn by employees for the safety of our COVID-19 susceptible species. We are happy that we can now better protect our animals with this vaccine, ”said Dr. Alex Herman, Vice President of Veterinary Services at Auckland Zoo.
The drug was developed and donated to dozens of zoos in the United States by Zoetis. The research team has drawn on years of experience in developing other coronavirus vaccines for cats, dogs, poultry and cattle. The coronavirus vaccine is specially designed for animals.
Earlier, the Rosselkhoznadzor developed a multi-species test for antibodies to a new type of coronavirus in animals. The analysis is suitable for cats, dogs, ferrets, minks, foxes, pigs, cattle and other animals. The system was tested on domestic, fur and farm animals.