9 Great Apes Get COVID Vaccine

They're the first non-humans to get vaccinated
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 5, 2021 12:07 AM CST
For First Time, Non-Humans Get COVID Vaccine
This photo provided by the San Diego Zoo shows a female Sumatran orangutan hanging onto her mother, Indah, while foraging for food Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at the San Diego Zoo.   (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Ken Bohn)

The San Diego Zoo has vaccinated nine great apes for the coronavirus after a troop of gorillas in its Safari Park became infected, the AP reports. Officials say four orangutans and five bonobos received COVID-19 injections in January and February, making them the first non-humans to get vaccinated against the disease. Three bonobos and a gorilla also are expected to receive the vaccine, which CBS News reports is an experimental one made for animals. The vaccinations followed a January outbreak of COVID-19 at the zoo’s Safari Park. Eight western lowland gorillas got the virus, probably by exposure to a zookeeper who tested positive for COVID-19. The gorillas had symptoms ranging from runny noses to coughing and lethargy. But they are recovering. (Read more San Diego Zoo stories.)

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