(ETH) – The Detroit Zoo has started vaccinating animals for COVID-19. The zoo says they are using a special vaccine that was developed for animals and is being used for at-risk animals.
According to a report from NBC25 News, Gorillas, chimpanzees, tigers, and lions are the first to receive the vaccine. Lions, tigers, leopards, and gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19 in other zoos across the United States. A tiger and lion died in European and Indian zoos.
No animal at the Detroit Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19. The Detroit Free Press wrote: “We’re both thankful and relieved a special vaccine is now available to protect against COVID-19,” said Scott Carter, the zoo’s chief life sciences officer. “The animals routinely get other vaccinations.”
The special vaccine for animals, which was developed by the veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis, has been authorized on a case-by-case basis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the zoo said.
Animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has said it supports the animal vaccines, which “have been clinically tested and administered to animals only after deep consideration by veterinary professionals.”