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Russia Produces First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine for Animals

A nurse prepares Russia’s “Sputnik-V” vaccine in opposition to the coronavirus illness. (File picture/Reuters)

Russia registered Carnivac-Cov in March after assessments confirmed it generated antibodies in opposition to COVID-19 in canine, cats, foxes and mink.

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  • Last Updated:April 30, 2021, 14:20 IST
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MOSCOW: Russia has produced the world’s first batch – 17,000 doses – of COVID-19 vaccines for animals, its agricultural regulator stated on Friday.

Russia registered Carnivac-Cov in March after assessments confirmed it generated antibodies in opposition to COVID-19 in canine, cats, foxes and mink.

The first batch can be provided to a number of areas of Russia, the regulator Rosselkhoznadzor stated in a press release.

It stated corporations from Germany, Greece, Poland, Austria, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Lebanon, Iran and Argentina had expressed curiosity in buying the vaccine.

The World Health Organization has voiced concern over the chance of transmission of the virus between people and animals. The Russian regulator has stated the vaccine would have the ability to shield susceptible species and thwart viral mutations.

“About 20 organisations are ready to negotiate registration and supply of the vaccine to their countries. The file for registration abroad, in particular in the European Union, is under preparation and will be promptly used for the registration process,” the Russian watchdog stated.

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