San Diego Zoo Apes Get an Experimental Covid Vaccine

The San Diego Zoo has given 9 apes an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Zoetis, a significant veterinary prescription drugs firm.

In January, a troop of gorillas on the zoo’s Safari Park examined constructive for the virus. All are recovering, besides, the zoo requested assist from Zoetis in vaccinating different apes. The corporate offered an experimental vaccine that was initially developed for pets and is now being examined in mink.

Nadine Lamberski, a conservation and wildlife well being officer at San Diego Zoo International, mentioned the zoo vaccinated 4 orangutans and 5 bonobos with the experimental vaccine, which isn’t designed to be used in people. Among the many vaccinated orangutans was an ape named Karen, who made historical past in 1994 when she turned the primary orangutan to have open-heart surgical procedure.

Dr. Lamberski mentioned one gorilla on the zoo was additionally scheduled to be vaccinated, however the gorillas on the wildlife park had been a decrease precedence as a result of that they had already examined constructive for an infection and had recovered. She mentioned she would vaccinate the gorillas on the wildlife park if the zoo obtained extra doses of the vaccine.

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