Australia could soon be vaccinating PETS against Covid

Australia could soon be vaccinating PETS against Covid as hundreds of cats and dogs catch virus from their owners seeking comfort in isolation

  • Despite some people thinking otherwise pets definitely can get Covid-19
  • Sydney vet Sam Kovac inundated with calls from concerned pet owners
  • A pet vaccine is available, but government red tape is preventing its use
  • Pets are already being vaccinated in Japan, 러시아, Brazil and elsewhere
  • Australia’s 29 million pets could soon be vaccinated against 코로나 19 thanks to the efforts of a determined vet.

    Dr Sam Kovac has doggedly pursued regulatory approval for the world’s only Covid vaccine for pets, developed in Russia, but been tied up in red tape.

    His practice, Southern Cross Vets in 시드니, has been inundated with calls about vaccines from owners worried about their pets catching the virus.

    하나, Covid vaccines for furry friends require the sign off of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.

    Vet Dr Sam Kovac (pictured with some furry friends) is confident that a Covid vaccine for pets will soon be allowed in Australia

    Vet Dr Sam Kovac (pictured with some furry friends) is confident that a Covid vaccine for pets will soon be allowed in Australia

    Dr Kovac said he had a ‘positiveconversation with a senior figure in the authority about the issue of having to pay a $105,000 application fee to get the medicine registered.

    ‘They put me in touch with getting an alternative permit. So it’s looking like, fast tracking is probably the wrong word, but there is an alternative method that we’re looking at to get this approved now,’ 그는 Daily Mail Australia에.

    ‘It’s pretty exciting. It’s looking like it’s going to happen.

    와 5.1 million dogs and 3.8 million cats, how are all of Australia’s pets going to get vaccinated?

    ‘I haven’t thought about the logistics of it, but the vaccine itself is not a costly vaccine per vial. In Russia, most of the work is the vets doing their consult and administering it,’ Dr Kovac admitted.

    ‘You don’t need to import a million vaccines to start off with. If there is interest from a couple of thousand pet owners then we could start with that.

    ‘It’s a very simple vaccine and they could manufacture 24 hours a day if there is the demand for it here. But the first step is to get it approved.

    A pet vaccination for Covid-19 could soon be available in Australia. Pictured is a vet giving a dog an injection

    A pet vaccination for Covid-19 could soon be available in Australia. Pictured is a vet giving a dog an injection

    Dr Kovac said the APVMA was considering a permit that would allow it to be used in an emergency use situation similar to how vaccines for humans were before they got full registration.

    ‘So I’m hoping with all the relevant paperwork I can submit to them that we should get a quicker response than initially anticipated,’ 그는 말했다.

    Pets CAN contract Covidbut most vets can’t test for it

    Despite many people thinking otherwise, Dr Kovac said pets definitely can get Covid, but there is no evidence they can give it to humans.

    ‘It’s kind of weird because thinking about influenza, colds other respiratory viruses, they don’t really affect dogs and cats. I’ve never heard of a case,’ 그는 말했다.

    ‘But there’s plenty of evidence from overseas that dogs, cats, ferrets, mink can contract Covid-19, the same virus that affects us, and in some cases it can be lethal and cause all the same problems that we get.

    A dog wearing face mask (사진) as it's owner is afraid it will catch Covid-19

    A dog wearing face mask (사진) as it’s owner is afraid it will catch Covid-19

    But so far, testing pets for Covid is a very difficult process.

    ‘Universities have access to these tests when they’re testing vaccines and the prevalence of Covid, but as far as working as a practising vet, I have no test to be able to identify Covid (in pets),’ 그는 말했다.

    ‘There are tests for the regular coronaviruses, but just last week I had a few clients calling up saying “보기, we’re in isolation, I’ve got symptoms, my dog has started coughing, my cat has diarrhoea or just lethargy”.

    ‘”I’m worried that I gave Covid to them, I’m here cuddling them because I’m anxious about Covid”.’

    ‘”They’re my emotional support creature. Do my pets have Covid?”‘

    Dr Kovac had to to tell them there was no test and the animals were not protected because they’re not vaccinated.

    ‘All we need is just one vaccine for pets. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, especially after these critters have helped us get through so many trying times in the last couple of years. We owe it to them, 나는 생각한다,’ 그는 말했다.

    Dogs wear masks in downtown Shanghai, China on February 16, 2020

    Dogs wear masks in downtown Shanghai, China on February 16, 2020

    The Russian pet vaccine has also been approved in Japan, 브라질, and other South American countries.

    ‘It’s ready to goThis is a safe, tried and tested technology that causes no risk, from the data, to pets, and it’s really effective,’ Dr Kovac said.

    In the current absence of a vaccine, what can owners do if a pet has Covid?

    ‘The old adage is ringing through right now, prevention is better than cure. If you’ve got Covid, just follow the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice – don’t go cuddling your pet, isolate from them,’ 그는 말했다.

    ‘I know it’s tempting to because they’re our best friends at at time like now, but definitely do everything you can to prevent your pet catching it. Until we get a vaccine, prevention is better than cure.

    The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority declined to comment on this story when contacted by Daily Mail Australia.

    러시아인과 우크라이나인이 호주 전역에서 시위에 합류하는 동안, A LAND OF MORE PETS THAN PEOPLE

    Almost two-thirds of Australian households have a pet today, 과 90 per cent of us have had a pet at some time.

    There are more pets than people in Australia – 25.69 백만명, 29 million pets.

    This includes an estimated 5.1 million dogs, 3.8 million cats, 11.3 million fish, 5.6 million birds, 614,000 small mammals, 364,000 reptiles and 1.8 million ‘other’ 애완 동물.

    Dog owners are more likely to be living in the ACT, while South Australians are more likely to have cats.

    출처: Australian Parliament House Library

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    A pet ferret on a leash out for a walk (사진). Ferrets, as well as cats, dogs and mink, can get Covid-19

    A pet ferret on a leash out for a walk (사진). Ferrets, as well as cats, dogs and mink, can get Covid-19