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Covid-19: Cats and dogs may have to be vaccinated in future

London - Scientists say pets likely to get infected with coronavirus and transfer it to humans.



By Web Report

Published: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 2:23 PM

Last updated: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 2:27 PM

As vaccination campaigns against Covid-19 are being rolled out all around the world for human, scientists say cats and dogs may be next in line to be vaccinated for the virus.

“It is not unthinkable that vaccination of some domesticated animal species might ... be necessary to curb the spread of the infection,” experts from the University of East Anglia wrote in the journal Virulence, according to a report in Mail Online.

Scientists say that there are chances of transmission of the virus from animals to humans as pets can get infected and the virus continuously evolves in them.

One of the experts, Cock van Oosterhout, professor of evolutionary genetics at UEA, said: “It makes sense to develop vaccines for pets ... We really need to be prepared for any eventuality.”

According the Mail report, Russia has already started developing a vaccine for pets. Cats are asymptomatic but they are infected by it and they can infect humans with it.

“SARS-CoV-2 can infect a wide range of host species, including cats, dogs, mink and other wild and domesticated species and, hence, the vaccination of domesticated animals might be required to halt further virus evolution and spillback events,” the scientists said.

While getting the jab can help build immunity agaisnt the virus, scientists say it's important to maintain strict safety measures such as wearing masks and keeping social distance to reduce the spread of new variants.

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