BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With three completely different COVID vaccines being administered within the U.S., some pharmaceutical firms at the moment are working towards a vaccine for animals, and the Maryland Zoo is already placing collectively their distribution plan for it as soon as accessible.
The African lions are a must-see when visiting the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, however after the Bronx Zoo reported that their lions examined constructive for COVID-19, officers started taking extra precautions by requiring masks and increasing the space round their lion exhibit.
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As soon as a COVID-19 vaccine for animals is on the market it’s doubtless that the large cats shall be among the first to obtain a shot. The zoo plans to vaccinate its most high-risk animals first.
“We’re issues like how small the buildings are, how shut we will get to them, how shut the general public can get to them,” mentioned Dr. Ellen Bronson, the Sr. Director for Animal Well being, Conservation & Analysis. “Additionally among the animals which are older may be extra in danger. We don’t know that to date however we assume that our older chimpanzees may be extra in danger than our youthful chimpanzees, identical to in people.”
Like people, some animals will doubtless be extra keen to obtain their vaccine than others.
“A few of our animals are educated for voluntary vaccines,” defined Dr. Bronson.
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Those that are extra reluctant might have somewhat extra persuading.
“Managing the healthcare for a zoo is similar to managing a village full of individuals,” mentioned Dr. Bronson. “That’s what we do as veterinarians, is handle all of these dangers and desires of the entire animals on the zoo.”
The vaccine at the moment being developed is particularly for American mink, a species that was hit arduous by the coronavirus. They’re hopeful that it’s going to even be efficient in different animals. Just like the human vaccine, the one for animals should first acquire emergency use authorization.
They hope that occurs over the following few months.
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