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Fur bearing animals and COVID-19 | Esco VacciXcell

Fur bearing animals and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is caused by SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus belonging to the genus Betacoronavirus. Coronaviruses have a variety of potential hosts including dogs, cats, chickens, minks, tigers, pangolins, and bats. The potential origin of the virus and its likely transmission is explained here in relation to One Health.

In September 2020, mink-associated human COVID-19 infections were reported in Denmark suggesting the need for surveillance not only in humans but also in potential hosts of the virus, especially in farms.

Adherent cell culture bioreactors of Esco VacciXcell, CelCradle® and TideXcell® fixed-bed bioreactors, support the efficient growth of vaccine cells for fur bearing animals such as Vero cells. It has been demonstrated that these bioreactors can grow Vero cells to high densities, which would translate to higher viral titer. This would help in developing and manufacturing large quantities of vaccines that solves a One Health problem such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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