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Russia registers first COVID-19 vaccine for animals
Clinical trials of the vaccine involved dogs, cats, arctic foxes and mink.
Vaccine provides immunity from infection for up to six months.

Russia has announced that it has registered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine for animals, with mass production starting in April 2021.

The vaccine, named Karnivak-Kov, was developed by Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s Veterinary Surveillance Service. Use of the vaccine, according to the agency, ‘can prevent the development of virus mutations, which most often occur during inter-species transmission of the pathogen’.

Konstantin Savenkov, deputy head of Rosselkhoznadzor, said: “The clinical trials of Karnivak-Kov, which started in October last year, involved dogs, cats, arctic foxes, minks, foxes and other animals. 

“The results of the research allow us to conclude that the vaccine is harmless and its high immunogenic activity, since all tested vaccinated animals in 100 per cent of cases developed antibodies to coronavirus.”

Rosselkhoznadzor found that Karnivak-Kov provides immunity from COVID-19 infection for up to six months. 

Savenkov added that mass production could start in April based on Russia's 'largest platform for the production of drugs for animals of the Federal Center for Animal Health.'

“The vaccine is of particular importance because, as noted by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), some animal species are susceptible to COVID-19,” he said. “Cases of detection of this disease have been registered in many countries of the world.”

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Budding 'Dr Dolittles' sought for writing competition

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 Vets are being invited to enter a writing competition run by the Page Turner Awards for a chance to get their story published or even made into a film.

Dubbed the 'Rolls Royce' of writing awards, the Page Turner competition provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to submit unpublished fiction and non-fiction work to be read by a panel of influential players in the publishing industry.

A spokesperson said: 'Do you think of yourself as a magical healer, like Dr Dolittle. Or maybe you have a story to share about the times when, sadly, animals can't be treated, and pet owners reflect on those moments they took for granted."

For more information, visit pageturnerawards.com 

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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