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COVID Vaccine for Pets Announced: Works on Cats, Dogs and Many Other Animals

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Thanks in part to Operation Warp Speed under former President Donald Trump, Americans have widespread access to three highly effective vaccines against COVID-19.

Now it seems that our furry friends will have similar access to protection.

Forbes reported on March 31 that, after months of testing on many different kinds of animals, Russia has registered the Carnivak-Cov vaccine, which scientists there say can protect animals — including dogs, cats, foxes and mink — against the novel coronavirus.

While human COVID vaccines from less-than-transparent nations such as Russia and China often are met with legitimate skepticism, the Carnivak-Cov vaccine appears to be different.

Forbes reported that Konstantin Savenkov, deputy head of Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s agriculture watchdog, said “companies from countries including the U.S., Canada, Singapore and Poland had expressed an interest in the shot.”

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Mass production of the vaccine could begin as early as this month, according to Savenkov, who said tests indicate that immunity lasts for at least six months.

If the vaccine can protect mink against COVID-19, that would be a critical development. According to a PBS report, mink appear to have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 than other animals.

Mink also can pass the virus to humans, and vice versa, according to the World Health Organization, realities that have been devastating for the mink industry.

However, not everyone is impressed with the new animal vaccine, with many taking to Twitter to express their concerns and dubiousness toward it:

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The Onion even saw fit to satirize the vaccine’s approval, though the general impression seems favorable toward it:

I’m a big defender of vaccines and was a willing participant in a clinical trial for one COVID vaccine. However, I would be wary of giving a pet the Carnivak-Cov vaccine unless it went through testing  in the United States.

Would you give your pet a COVID vaccine?

But with that in mind, I think it has great potential. If it is as effective as Russia claims, it could be a boon for worried farmers and a safety blanket for concerned pet owners.

Hopefully, everything will work out and the vaccine can be given to animals here soon.

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Garion Frankel is the senior policy advisor for the Texas Federation of College Republicans. He enjoys and has published articles and academic works on public policy, philosophy and political theory.
Garion Frankel is the senior policy advisor for the Texas Federation of College Republicans. He enjoys and has published articles and academic works on public policy, philosophy and political theory.
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