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Zoo in Chile tests experimental COVID vaccine on lions and tigers -Breaking


© Reuters. Workers at the “Buin Zoo” prepare to give a COVID-19 vaccine to a Tiger in Buin, Chile’s outskirts, on December 13, 2021. Image courtesy Buin Zoo/Handout via REUTERS


By Rodrigo Gutierrez and Gerardo Gomez

(Reuters) – A veterinarian wearing a tiger-striped mask gives an experimental COVID-19 vaccination to a tiger at the Buin Zoo in Santiago. Another worker feeds it chunks of meat using a pair long tongs.

Like many other Zoos around the globe, the Buin Zoo is trying to protect its animals from coronavirus. A global animal healthcare company donated an experimental formula to the Buin Zoo. Zoetis Inc (NYSE: ) for its 10 most sensitive animals, Ignacio Idalsoaga zoo director said.

The vaccine was administered Monday to lions and tigers as well as pumas, pumas, and an orangutan.

Idalsoaga explained that an experimental vaccine is being used to produce “short-term” results which, in turn, will enable them to make a vaccine that’s not currently on the marketplace.

“These are first-ever doses that have been produced in the world, and will be able to provide scientific accuracy as well as mass production for protection of all animals against this deadly virus at zoos such ours.”

After learning they were vulnerable to coronavirus, the Buin Zoo started looking for safe ways to protect its animals.

Idalsoaga explained that they got their first clues from the San Diego (zoo) gorillas. Zoetis was contacted by the Buin Zoo, who donated 20 doses to the Chilean Zoo on Monday. These were used for the animals most vulnerable: great felines.

His statement was, “We are vaccination three tigers. Three lions. And three pumas. Our orangutan is also being vaccinated, since great apes may be at risk.”

Zoetis animal technician Cristian Dunivicher said that after publishing and conducting research on cats and dogs last year, Zoetis is now testing the vaccine at different zoos in America.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there is little risk for animals to transmit coronavirus from humans to other animals. But, it can be spread to others by close contact.

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