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List of Resources
- CDC’s COVID-19 What’s New
- White House COVID-19 Task Force Briefings
- COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
- FEMA’s Rumor Control page
- American Anthropological Association’s webpage of COVID-19 resources
- SAGE Publishing’s COVID-19 webpage
- Research!America’s coronavirus resources
- Americans for Medical Progress’ COVID-19 resources
- American Society for Microbiology’s novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources
- EARA’s global overview of how animals are helping in COVID-19 research
- BIO COVID-19 Therapeutic Development Tracker
- PhRMA COVID-19 Treatment Progress Tracker
- AAMC’s Road Map to Reset the Nation’s Approach to the Pandemic
- Primate Info Net
- NYT Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker
- COVID Vaccine Facts
- NIH clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines
- AVMA’s ‘What veterinarians need to know’ about COVID-19
- One Health Commission’s COVID-19 portal
- WebMD coronavirus updates
- NCBI SARS-CoV-2 Resources
Nearly every medicine, medical device, surgical procedure and therapy we have today has depended on animal testing and research. Animal research is one of the first steps in medical discovery.
“There are diseases in which you vaccinate someone, they get infected with what you are trying to protect them with, and you actually enhance the infection. You can get a good feel for that in animal models,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said during a White House briefing on March 26.
Contrary to the claims of animal rights groups, animal models have been and will continue to be crucial to medical development and public health.
The FBR team rounded up articles in the news in recent weeks on potential treatments and potential vaccines for the new coronavirus, as well as other COVID-19 developments, and the animal models used to develop them. In addition, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News put together a list (found here) of potential COVID-19 treatments in development.
Animal Research on the Front Lines
Jan. 18: ‘Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19,’ The Associated PressJan. 18: ‘Hong Kong to kill thousands of hamsters after Covid found on 11,’ The GuardianJan. 18: ‘Hong Kong will cull thousands of hamsters after Covid cases in a pet shop,’ The New York TimesBREAKING NEWS: Jan. 18: ‘Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19,’ The Washington PostJan. 18: ‘Hong Kong to kill 2,000 hamsters because of suspected animal-to-human coronavirus transmission,’ The Washington PostJan. 18: ‘UW–Madison researchers lead effort to create a universal coronavirus vaccine,’ UW–Madison School of Veterinary MedicineJan. 17: ‘Gennova pharma develops omicron specific COVID-19 vaccine, govt to review trial data: Reports,’ Asianet NewsablaJan. 17: ‘Yes, SARS-CoV-2 is a real virus,’ Atlanta Business JournalJan. 17: ‘EXPLAINED: How India’s first homegrown mRNA vaccine can provide helping hand against omicron,’ News18Jan. 17: ‘Vaccine for omicron? Gennova pharma makes India’s 1st strain-specific Covid vax, govt to review trial data,’ News18Jan. 17: ‘An alternative mouse model of SARS-CoV-2 infection,’ News MedicalJan. 15: ‘The Army’s vaccine could protect against COVID and all future coronavirus,’ MCU TimesJan. 13: ‘COVID variant siblings show different levels of virulence,’ Cornell University College of Veterinary MedicineJan. 13: ‘SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 vaccination rates in pregnant women in Scotland,’ Nature MedicineJan. 13: ‘The unique T cell response elicited by SARS-CoV-2 during a primary immune response by infection and vaccination,’ News MedicalJan. 12: ‘Dr. Fauci: “Universal coronavirus vaccines” could help the world tackle Covid — and the next pandemic,’ CNBCJan. 12: ‘This new nasal spray found effective against all COVID variants, can prevent infection upto 8 hrs. Details here,’ India.comJan. 12: ‘Anti-COVID nasal spray could protect against infection for up to 8 hours: Researchers,’ Fox NewsJan. 12: ‘New California data reinforce the evidence that omicron is less virulent than delta,’ ReasonJan. 12: ‘Calling omicron “mild” is wishful thinking,’ The AtlanticJan. 11: ‘“Killer’ immune cells still recognize omicron variant,’ NatureJan. 11: ‘Unraveling the early host-immune response to SARS-CoV-2 in mild COVID-19 infections,’ News MedicalJan. 11: ‘Understanding how animals become infected with COVID-19 can help control the pandemic,’ The ConversationJan. 11: ‘California hospitals find that omicron causes fewer hospitalizations and shorter stays,’ The New York TimesJan. 11: ‘Mass. is monitoring white-tailed deer for COVID. Here’s why,’ WBUR-FMJan. 10: ‘Experimental nasal spray could provide temporary protection against COVID-19,’ GizmodoJan. 10: ‘COVID is here to stay: Countries must decide how to adapt,’ NatureJan. 10: ‘With big cats getting COVID-19 at zoos, can your house cat catch COVID as well?’ WGN Radio 720Jan. 9: ‘Ease worries about pets getting COVID,’ Boston HeraldJan. 9: ‘The complicated case of COVID-19 and white-tailed deer,’ NorthcentralPA.comJan. 8: ‘New omicron studies help explain why variant is mild but spreads fast,’ The Wall Street JournalJan. 7: ‘COVID-19 round-up: Scientists spot clues to why omicron infections are milder; and more,’ DocWire NewsJan. 7: ‘In-depth: Melatonin helps people with severe COVID recover. How about long haulers?’ KGTVJan. 7: ‘Florida zoo reports two Malayan tigers have tested positive for COVID. What’s next?’ Miami HeraldJan. 7: ‘Omicron could have a silver lining by boosting immunity, some experts say. But don’t bet on it,’ The Washington PostJan. 6: ‘Cutting-edge cancer and COVID-19 approaches could reduce organ scarring,’ ScienceJan. 6: ‘The COVID connection: Humans and deer,’ WKYCJan. 5: ‘Omicron’s feeble attack on the lungs could make it less dangerous,’ NatureJan. 4: ‘Into the wild: Scientists strive to stop animal diseases from igniting the next pandemic,’ AAMCJan. 4: ‘Researchers are using ostrich eggs to develop masks that glow around the coronavirus,’ Business InsiderJan. 4: ‘Study suggests increased vaccine breakthrough for SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant in Houston, Texas,’ News MedicalJan. 3: ‘Scientists spot clues to why omicron infections are milder,’ HealthDay NewsJan. 3: ‘SARS-CoV-2 Omicron study on hamsters, shows virus results in a less severe disease,’ News MedicalJan. 3: ‘Omicron appears less likely to damage the lungs, research suggests,’ PhillyVoiceJan. 3: ‘Omicron COVID-19 causes less lung damage in animal studies,’ UPIJan. 2: ‘The case for a safe return to offices by mid-February,’ CharterWorksJan. 2: ‘Covid is rampant among deer, research shows,’ NBC NewsJan. 2: ‘Fauci: “We don’t want to get complacent” despite reports that omicron may be less severe,’ The HillJan. 2: ‘Two studies provide good news for the antiviral drug remdesivir,’ The New York TimesJan. 1: ‘New COVID-19 pills carry risks: What patients should know,’ The Wall Street Journal
Keep checking this page and social media channels, as well as our weekly SmartBrief, for future updates on animal research in the fight against COVID-19.
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