New Delhi: India now has a Covid-19 vaccine to protect animals from coronavirus infection. The vaccine – Anocovax, India’s first COVID-19 vaccine for animals, has been launched in the country by the Agriculture Ministry last week. The vaccine has been developed by the Haryana’s ICAR-National Research Centre on Equines. Here are things you should know about the vaccine:
– The institute says that Anocovax offers protection against both Delta and Omicron variants of the infection
– Explaining about how Anocovax helps protect animals against SARS-CoV-2, the official statement from the institute adds that Ancovax is an inactivated vaccine developed using an infectious part of the Delta variant. In addition, it uses Alhydrogel as an adjuvant to boost the immune response
– The institute says that the vaccine is safe for the use in dogs, lions, leopards, mice, and rabbits
– Why the need? There have been several reports of COVID-19 infection in animals. Though according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of animals spreading the infection to humans is considered low, but the aim to develop the vaccine is to protect endangered animals such as lions and tigers. Last year, India reported at least nine Covid infections in Asiatic lions in Chennai zoo. A study by the Indian Veterinary Research Institute found at least three natural Covid infections in wild Asiatic lions, and one infection in dead leopard cub.
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