India’s first Covid-19 vaccine for animals

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  • June 13, 2022
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In News: The Agriculture Ministry unveiled India’s first Covid-19 vaccine for animals.

  • Developed by the Hisar-based National Research Centre on Equines, the vaccine, called Ancovax, can protect animals against the Delta and Omicron variants of SARS-CoV-2.
  • This is the first Covid-19 vaccine for animals developed in India.
  • There were reports from Russia last year that that country, too, had developed a vaccine against animals such as dogs, cats, minks, and foxes.


  • Ancovax can be used in dogs, lions, leopards, mice, and rabbits.
  • It is an inactivated vaccine developed using an infectious part of the Delta variant.
  • In addition, it uses Alhydrogel as an adjuvant to boost the immune response.


  • There have been reports of Covid-19 infection in several animals, including dogs and cats.
  • The vaccine can protect animals in the zoo.
  • The animals develop similar symptoms to humans – cough, cold, fever, and lung lesions
  • It can also prevent transmission from companion animals to the humans
  • The aim of the vaccine is to protect endangered animals

Previous Year Questions

Q.1) What is the importance of using \ Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines in India? (2020)

  1. These vaccines are effective against pneumonia as well as meningitis and sepsis.
  2. Dependence on antibiotics that are not effective against drug-resistant bacteria can be reduced.
  3. These vaccines have no side effects and cause no allergic reactions.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Source: Indian Express

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