Russia has registered the world’s first vaccine against COVID-19 for animals, the country’s agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said on Wednesday.
Russia already has three coronavirus vaccines for humans, the most well known of which is Sputnik V, named after Sputnik, the world’s first satellite launched by the Soviet Union.
“The results of the trials allow us to conclude that the vaccine is harmless and highly immunogenic as all the vaccinated animals developed antibodies to the coronavirus in 100% of cases,” Savenkov said. “It is the world’s first and only product for preventing COVID-19 in animals,” he added.
Mass production of the vaccine, which was developed by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, a unit of Rosselkhoznadzor, could start as early as April, the watchdog said.
It added that businesses in Greece, Poland, Austria, the U.S., Canada and Singapore had already expressed interest in buying the shot.
The watchdog said immunity lasts for six months after vaccination, but the shot’s developers are continuing to analyze this.
The use of the vaccine, according to Russian scientists, can prevent the development of virus mutations,” the watchdog said.
It added that animal-breeding facilities and private companies from countries including Greece, Poland, Austria, the United States, Canada and Singapore had expressed interest in Carnivac-Cov.