Inside the Covid vaccine programme for animals

The virus has been detected in species ranging from hippos to hyenas

Tigers at a zoo in Nepal
(Image credit: Prakash Mathema/AFP via Getty Images)

Thousands of animals in zoos worldwide are being inoculated against Covid-19 as veterinary scientists explore which species are at risk from the coronavirus.

At California’s San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, around 260 creatures – including tigers, cheetahs, mountain lions and otters – have been jabbed with an experimental vaccine created by global animal health company Zoetis. The pharmaceutical giant is donating a total of around 26,000 doses of the vaccine, which can be administered from afar via darts, to zoos and sanctuaries in 13 countries, The Scientist magazine reported.

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