National Zoo vaccinates primates against COVID-19

The zoo announced in a press release Friday that staff administered the first round of two-dose shots to 11 animals on Wednesday: seven orangutans, a western lowland gorilla, one white-eared titi monkey and two emperor tamarins.

Apes wander inside their enclosure Jan. 4, 2018 at the Washington D.C. national zoo.

Apes wander inside their enclosure Jan. 4, 2018 at the Washington D.C. national zoo. (Andrew Lichtenstein/ Corbis)

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A video posted by the zoo noted that theanimals were rewarded with honey for their participation.

Il vaccino used was developed specifically for animals by Michigan-based veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis after the company saw that a dog in China contracted the virus early in the pandemic.

Zoetis said in a comunicato stampa in July that its shots were authorized on acase-by-case basis by the United States Department of Agriculturefor an array of zoo animals, but said the shots arenot needed in pets or livestock at this time.

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The National Zoo also provided a status update on the lions and tigers under its care that had testedpresumptive positivefor COVID-19 last month, saying the big cats wererecovering well” e “behaving, eating and drinking normally.

Vaccines will continue to be administered to select animals identified as susceptible species at the Zoo and at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, in the coming months,” the zoo explained, aggiungendo quello “the lions and tigers will receive the vaccine no sooner than 90 days post-infection.

The National Zoo did not immediately respond to Fox Newsquestions regarding the inoculations.

Tigers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC.

Tigers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP)

Zoos in different parts of the nazione have increasingly been vaccinating myriad species with the Zoetis vaccine.

The Denver Zoo and Oakland Zoo used the jab on some of their animals over the summer, Notizie CBS segnalato, and the Denver Zoo is planning to do the same.

VOLPE 35 segnalato Thursday that ZooTampa has also begun vaccinating its animals.

Species such as Florida panthers, skunks, otters and primates are on top of the list to vaccinate,” Volpe 35 segnalato. “The zoo has received enough doses to vaccinate roughly 19 species which includes 93 animals.

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