Moscow approved the “world’s first” Chinese coronavirus vaccine for pets, Russia’s federal veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor said on Wednesday.
“Carnivak-Cov, a sorbate inactivated vaccine against the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) for carnivorous animals, developed by Rosselkhoznadzor’s Federal Center for Animal Health, has been registered in Russia. So far, it is the world’s first and only product for preventing COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] in animals,” Rosselkhoznadzor deputy head Konstantin Savenkov told reporters on March 30.
Clinical trials for Carnivak-Cov began in October, according to Savenkov. The studies involved dogs, cats, foxes, minks, Arctic foxes, and other animals.
“The outcome of the research gives us grounds to conclude that the vaccine is safe and has strong immunogenic effect, because all vaccinated animals developed coronavirus antibodies in 100 percent of cases,” Savenkov said, adding that mass production of Carnivak-Cov could begin as early as April.
Carnivak-Cov is believed to impart immunity against the Chinese coronavirus