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)


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

疫苗 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 新闻稿 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.


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” 和 “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, 维吉尼亚州, in the coming months,” the zoo explained, 补充说 “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, 直流电.

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

Zoos in different parts of the 国家 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, CBS新闻 已报告, and the Denver Zoo is planning to do the same.

狐狸 35 已报告 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,” 狐狸 35 已报告. “The zoo has received enough doses to vaccinate roughly 19 species which includes 93 animals.