Russia makes the first Covid Vaccine for Animals


Riley Nanista, Writer


Russian doctors and scientists developed the first Covid – 19 Vaccine for animals, on April 6, 2021, Russia. 


The head of the Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Alexander Gintsburg, was quoted by Russia media that, “Covid-19 is about to hit animals next.” He said that they started testing on animals who were sick for covid-19 just to be sure that the animals were still safe from the virus. It turned out that animal systems were getting used to being exposed to the virus and were becoming weaker and weaker to it every day. He noticed that the next stage of the infection was a disease in the Covid that was known to be spread between wild and domestic animals. This could make it easier for animals to attract the virus. Gintsburg decided  to come up with a vaccine for animals before it got any worse than the situation already was. 


He started on it and he explained to the media that it was easier to come up with the animal vaccine than the human one because scientists have had more opportunities to look and study the animal body than human bodies. Since this was after they had discovered a vaccine for humans, they already had a general idea of what the vaccine would look like and what it would include. This was their advantage to finding the cure. After about a month or so, they tested their first vaccine on a cat who had come in a week earlier with the virus. They then found out that they succeeded and were delighted to be able to help animals before it came too serious. 

“The results of the trials allow us to conclude that the vaccine is safe and highly immunogenic as all the vaccinated animals developed antibodies to the Coronavirus,” Rosselkhoznadzor’s deputy head, Konstantin Savenkov said. 

The GNCEM, (Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology), and another research program were “competing” to find the animal vaccine for Covid first. This made their success a whole lot better.