On April 20, at the site of the X International Veterinary Congress, the Rosselkhoznadzor jointly with its corporate media "Vetetinariya i Zhizn" organized a round table discussion "Covid-19. New vaccines for animals".
The event was moderated by Yulia Melano, Adviser to the Head of the Authority.
During the discussion, reports were made by representatives of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Rosselkhoznadzor, as well as institutions subordinate to the Authority – the Federal Center for Animal Health (FGBI "ARRIAH") and the All-Russian State Center for Animal Feed and Drug Standardization and Quality (FGBI "VGNKI").
The main topic of the round table discussion was registration of the world's first vaccine against the new coronavirus infection COVID-19 for animals. The vaccine was developed by the Rosselkhoznadzor researchers. Possible risks of infection of animals with COVID-19 were also discussed.
During his speech, Budimir Plavsic, Head of the OIE Regional Office in Moscow, noted that it was a great honor for him to take part in an event dedicated to such topical and important issues. He stressed that the OIE pays great attention to the prevention of the disease spread in animals. And the exchange of experience and scientific developments between the veterinary services of the countries can be helpful.
Oleg Kobyakov, Director of the FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, agreed with Budimir Plavsic. He spoke about the need to prevent the disease among animals, with an emphasis on conducting extensive monitoring of the disease situation in the countries. Oleg Kobyakov expressed gratitude on behalf of the FAO to the developers of the Carnivac-Cov vaccine for the release of the drug, which proved its effectiveness and safety during the tests.
Eran Raizman, Representative of the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, also spoke at the event. He gave a detailed presentation on the risks of a new coronavirus infection in fur-bearing animals, in particular, minks. The expert noted that in Europe, these risks increase taking into account the largest number of animal farms in comparison with other regions, as well as the diversity of fur-bearing animals kept there and the large number of human infections. This can be clearly seen in the situation in Denmark last year, when massive COVID-19 detections were recorded on mink farms. Infections with the mutated virus were detected in most animal farms in the country, and therefore the authorities decided to cull up these animals.
Nikita Lebedev, Adviser to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, said that from May last year to the present time, about 1.6 thousand samples were examined in Russia to study the susceptibility to infection of cats, dogs, poultry, pigs, and hedgehogs. He recalled that in Russia, only two cases of infection of domestic animals with COVID-19 were detected. At the same time, Nikita Lebedev stressed the importance of conducting more monitoring studies in the country.
Ilya Chvala, Deputy Director for Research and Monitoring of the FGBI "ARRIAH", also spoke about the need for regular monitoring. This is especially true, given that 27 countries have already reported cases of COVID-19 infection in animals. According to the deputy director of the FGBI "ARRIAH", information about new facts of the disease is updated daily.
Tatyana Galkina, Head of the FGBI "ARRIAH" Laboratory for the Prevention of Pet Diseases, also spoke at the round table discussion. She spoke about the stages of Carnivac-Cov development and said that the FGBI "ARRIAH" guarantees the production of a vaccine that meets Russian and international quality and safety requirements.