The preparation of the veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis is used for vaccination.
Employees of the Franklin and Stone zoos have begun vaccinating animals susceptible to coronavirus infection. This was reported on the website of zoos in New England (a region in the northeast of the United States).
“Although we have not had any cases of COVID-19 infection among animals at the Franklin and Stone Zoos in New England, this vaccine is an important preventive measure to protect species susceptible to infection with the virus,” said Chris Bonar, senior veterinarian at the New England Zoo.
First of all, the animals most at risk of coronavirus infection – primates, cats, and martens-will receive the vaccine. For vaccination, a drug from the veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis, which is a structural division of Pfizer, is used.
Zoetis is administered in two doses at intervals of four weeks. It will take from three to four months for all animals at risk to be fully vaccinated.
The veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis has donated more than 11 thousand doses of the coronavirus vaccine to help protect more than 100 species living in almost 70 zoos and other animal care facilities. In each case, the vaccine was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state veterinarians.