India’s first Covid-19 vaccine for animals

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The Agriculture Ministry recently unveiled India’s first Covid-19 vaccine for animals.

  • The name of the vaccine is 'Ancovax' and it can protect animals against the Delta and Omicron variants of SARS-CoV-2.

  • How does it work?

  • Ancovax can be used in dogs, lions, leopards, rats and rabbits.

  • It has been developed by the Hisar-based National Research Centre on Equines. 

  • It is an inactivated vaccine developed using an infectious part of the delta variant.

  • It uses Alhydrogel as an adjuvant to boost the immune response.

  • This is the first Covid-19 vaccine for animals developed in India.

  • Last year there were reports from Russia that it too had developed a vaccine against animals such as dogs, cats, minks and foxes.

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