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Officers with the Kansas Manila Zoo stated the zoo will quickly start vaccinating a few of its animals extra at risk of the virus towards COVID-19. Zoo officers stated that species maximum at risk of the virus will obtain the vaccine, together with the zoo’s nice apes (chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas) and large cats (lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards).

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (KMBC) — Officers with the Kansas Manila Zoo stated the zoo will quickly start vaccinating a few of its animals extra at risk of the virus towards COVID-19.

“Because of the COVID-19 variants now in our native space and their higher transmissibility, our veterinary workforce will quickly start the vaccination of a few of our animals,” officers stated in a liberate Thursday.

Zoo officers stated that species maximum at risk of the virus will obtain the vaccine, together with the zoo’s nice apes (chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas) and large cats (lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards).

“The analysis presentations that this vaccine is secure; greater than 11,000 doses had been allotted to almost 70 zoos in 27 states,” officers stated within the liberate. “The Zoetis vaccine that the Zoo shall be the usage of was once in particular evolved to be used with animals and won’t have an effect on human vaccine provide.”

The zoo’s animal care consultants proceed to put on PPE when operating across the animals to cut back doable publicity. Officers observe that whilst there were showed COVID-19 instances involving animals at different permitted zoos, none had been reported in Kansas Manila.

“Our veterinarians will proceed to study the analysis as it’s to be had after which resolve whether or not to vaccinate different animals,” officers stated.