May 13th Recently, some U.S. pharmaceutical companies are developing a Coronavirus vaccine for animals, and once successful, maryland zoos will be the first to vaccinate high-risk animals such as big cats.
The Maryland Zoo is taking more precautions, in addition to requiring people to wear masks, and developing a vaccine distribution plan for animals after the Bronx Zoo in New York reported that the lion had contracted the Coronavirus, CBS News reported Wednesday. Once the Coronavirus vaccine is developed, the zoo plans to take the lead in inoculating high-risk animals. Big cats are likely to be the first to be vaccinated.
“Some older animals may be more likely to be infected with the coronavirus,” said Dr. Ellen Bronson, senior director of animal health, conservation and research. We’re not sure yet, but we’re inferring that older gorillas, like humans, may be more susceptible to infection than younger ones. ”
It is reported that the vaccine currently under development is specifically targeted at North American otters, the species was seriously affected in the outbreak. The researchers hope the vaccine will work in other animals as well.