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With information from Agência Brasil

Russia registered the world’s first vaccine for animals against Covid-19. informed the country’s agricultural regulatory agency on Wednesday, 31. Tests showed that the immunizer generated antibodies against the virus in dogs, cats, foxes, and mink.

Mass production of the vaccine, dubbed Carnivac-Cov, could begin in April, the agency Rosselkhoznadzor announced.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern about the transmission of the virus between humans and animals. The regulatory agency said the vaccine will be able to protect vulnerable species and prevent viral mutations.

So far, Russia has only recorded two cases of Covid-19 among animals, both in cats. Denmark slaughtered all 17 million mink from its breeding grounds last year, after concluding that a strain of the virus had moved from humans to mink and that mutated strains of the virus had, in turn, appeared in people.

Rosselkhoznadzor said Russian fur breeding sites plan to buy the vaccine, as well as businesses in Greece, Poland, and Austria. Russia’s fur farming represents about 3% of the global market, but it was 30% in Soviet times, according to the sector’s main commercial entity.

Alexander Gintsburg, head of the institute that developed the Sputnik V human vaccine, said the animals are likely to be the next victims of Covid-19, according to a quote this Monday, 29, from the Izvestia newspaper.

*Additional reporting by Anton Kolodyazhny