Offbeat At the San Diego zoo, the first gorillas vaccinated against the Covid-19

14:51  06 march  2021
14:51  06 march  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Even animals can be affected by the vaccination against the Covid-19 . Great ape residents of the San Diego Zoo (California, United States) have thus become the first non-human primates to receive an injection thanks to a vaccine designed specifically for animals, zoo officials said on Friday.

A win for science: our partners at @Zoetis , a veterinary pharmaceutical company, developed a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) that we used to vaccinate great apes at the Zoo. The vaccine was created specifically for animals. @NatGeo https://t.co/ZpM5QVD4pl

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In early January, several gorillas from this zoo in Southern California, one of the largest in the world, have tested positive for the new coronavirus and placed in quarantine after showing symptoms. This was the first known case of natural transmission of the virus to great apes. They have since recovered.

An orangutan undergoing open heart surgery in 1994

In February, four orangutans and five bonobos at the zoo each received two doses of an experimental vaccine developed by the specialist firm Zoetis. "Never in my career have I had access to an experimental vaccine so early in the process, and never have I had such a desire to use it", affirms Nadine Lamberski, sanitary manager of the San zoo. Diego, cited by the National Geographic site .

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Among the lucky beneficiaries of the vaccine is Karen, a female orangutan who in 1994 became the first non-human primate to undergo open heart surgery.

Studies have shown that certain species of primates, such as humans who are also primates, can contract the virus responsible for Covid-19. Humans and other primates have a very similar genome, with gorillas having about 98% of their DNA in common. In Africa, chimpanzees and gorillas have thus been decimated by the Ebola virus .

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