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The Critical Role of Animals in Developing COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines

Animal studies are essential for advancing medicine and science. This includes the current global quest for treatments and a vaccine to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are recent news stories that feature the role of animals in this important work.

July 2, 2020 

The Tennessean: HBCU scientist working on COVID-19 antiviral

July 01, 2020  

BGR: The coronavirus is making our cells grow tentacles

June 30, 2020 

CTV: Canadian-made COVID-19 vaccine ready to start human trials soon

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News: INOVIO Reports Positive Interim Phase I Data for COVID-19 DNA Vaccine, Joins “Warp Speed” Primate Study

June 26, 2020 

Discover Magazine: Deadly Animal Diseases Can Jump to Humans. Is Vaccinating Wildlife the Answer?

Medical News Today: COVID-19: Could gut bacteria be involved?

June 25, 2020 

RTL: Italy study shows mosquitoes cannot transmit coronavirus

Oxford Mail: Two doses of Oxford University coronavirus vaccine tested on pigs

Stanford Medicine:  The race for a COVID-19 vaccine: What’s ahead

 June 24, 2020  

Outside Magazine: How Do We Prevent the Next Pandemic?

Nature: Mounting clues suggest the coronavirus might trigger diabetes

June 23, 2020 

Newsweek: Nearly 150 Potential Coronavirus Vaccines Are Being Developed Globally

Forbes: Progress In Monoclonal Antibodies For The Treatment And Prevention-Of Covid-19

The Independent: Coronavirus: ‘Significant step’ in development of vaccine for animals

June 22, 2020 

CNN: This super safe lab protects researchers as they race to develop a coronavirus vaccine

University of Wisconsin: Hamsters develop protective immunity to COVID-19 and are protected by convalescent sera

June 19, 2020

First Post: First Human Trials of COVID-19 RNA-Based Vaccine by Imperial Researchers, Now Underway

France 24; In China’s vaccine race, shortage of monkeys and weekends

Medical News Today: Duo of antiviral drugs strongly inhibits SARS-CoV-2 in the lab

June 18, 2020

Tufts University: Researchers Across Tufts Pivot to Fight COVID-19

June 17, 2020

KPCC Radio: Cows Help With COVID-19 Treatment, No Bull

Harvard University: Old Drugs and COVID-19

News Medical: Scientists examine SARS-CoV-2 cell entry in different species

KGTV TV: UCSD researchers testing ‘nanosponges’ to fight COVID-19

June 16, 2020

Technology Networks:  “Super Potent” COVID-19 Neutralizing Antibodies Isolated and Successfully Tested in Animals

Science Daily: Researchers identify potent antibody cocktail to treat COVID-19

June 15, 2020 

Boston Herald: Beating back the coronavirus: Harvard researchers look for a cure

The Guardian: Coronavirus vaccine trial by Imperial College London begins

Pharmaceutical Technology: Daiichi Sankyo to develop Covid-19 vaccine candidate in Japan

June 14, 2020  

VOA: Alpaca Helps to Make COVID-19 Vaccine

June 12, 2020 

WKZO Radio: How a vaccine made of mosquito spit could help stop the next epidemic

Inverse: Future Covid-19 Treatments Could Be Thanks to Cows, Llamas, and Pangolins

International Business Times: Genetically engineered lab mice to boost COVID-19 vaccine and research: Experts 

BGR: Dr. Fauci delivered more good news about coronavirus vaccines

June 11, 2020 

The Arizona Republic:  Mice can’t catch COVID-19, so a UA lab is making new kind of mouse

University of Connecticut: UConn Researcher Talks Vaccine Realities in an Unprecedented Time

Fierce Biotech: COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Sinopharm clears animal tests

The Economist: An animal model of COVID-19 is now available

June 10, 2020 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Mouse model of COVID-19, key in accelerating research, developed by Washington U.

Raleigh News and Observer: Here’s how UNC is spending $29 million on coronavirus research

Harvard Magazine: Ending an Epidemic

June 9, 2020

New York Times: Can a Vaccine for Covid-19 Be Developed in Record Time?

ABC News: A list of COVID-19 vaccines that are being studied in clinical trials

Daily Mail: Giving coronavirus patients remdesivir early may prevent deadly lung damage, suggests study that showed it blocked respiratory disease in monkeys

June 08, 2020

News Medical: New study involving mice shows possible alternative pathway of SARS-CoV-2 infection in overactive bladder

Spokesman Review:  Letter to the editor: Thank our biomedical researchers

June 07, 2020

The Times-Picayune: Could measles vaccine protect some coronavirus patients? Tulane researcher aims to find out

News Medical: Mouse research: SARS-CoV-2 invasion of central nervous system through olfactory tract

June 05, 2020

Nature: Frozen cells and empty cages: researchers struggle to revive stalled experiments after the lockdown

June 4, 2020 

Science Magazine: Why coronavirus hits men harder: sex hormones offer clues

USA Today: A coronavirus vaccine could require you to get two shots. Here’s why.

June 3, 2020 

Medium: New Gene-Edited Lab Mice Are Especially Good at Catching Covid-19

Rivard Report: Texas Biomed: Larger Primates Best Model in COVID-19 Vaccine Study

Medical News Today:  COVID-19: Drug targets enzymes that enable virus to invade cells

Vox: Why a vaccine may not be enough to end the pandemic

June 2, 2020 

Associated Press: Monkeys, ferrets offer needed clues in COVID-19 vaccine race

The Tribune-Democrat:  Pitt expert: Antibody injections could fight COVID-19 infections

June 1, 2020 

Science Alert: Scientists Find a Way to Infect Mice With Coronavirus. Here’s Why That’s So Important

Medical Express: Antibody injections could fight COVID-19 infections – an infectious disease expert explains the prospects

 May 31, 2020  

The Cavalier Daily: University doctors use previous research to spearhead coronavirus vaccination

May 28, 2020

Scientific American: COVID-19 Vaccine Developers Search for Antibodies That ‘First Do No Harm’

AVMA: Researchers look at role of pets in COVID-19 transmission

538.com: COVID-19 Is A Respiratory Disease. So Why Is It Affecting Patients’ Hearts And Brains?

Inlander: WSU is testing animals for COVID-19 to learn more about how the virus moves between species

KDKA TV: University Of Pittsburgh Researcher Says Coronavirus Vaccine Could Take Until Early Next Year

May 27, 2020

Speaking of Research: A small number of monkeys could help millions of people: Coronavirus vaccine testing

Science Daily: Mouse model mimics SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans

May 26, 2020

Medical Express: Coronavirus: why we’re using llamas to help fight the pandemic

The Morning Journal (Ohio): Six COVID-19 Research Projects Launched by Cincinnati Children’s

Sky News: Coronavirus: Thailand trialling COVID-19 vaccine on monkeys

May 25, 2020 

East Oregonian: Oregon primate study gives hope for post-infection immunity to COVID-19

VOA News: Thailand Enters Global Race for Vaccine With Trials on Monkeys

Minneapolis Star Tribune: US company trials coronavirus vaccine candidate in Australia

The Globe and Mail (Canada) : Canadian coronavirus vaccine candidate delivers promising results in animal tests

May 23, 2020 

Medical News Today: Why we need more research on animal infection with the new coronavirus

May 22, 2020 

The Australian: The race around the world for an effective coronavirus vaccine

Minneapolis Star Tribune:  What scientists are learning to try to be ready for what’s after COVID-19

May 21, 2020 

STAT: ‘It’s something I have never seen’: How the Covid-19 virus hijacks cells

NIH Director’s Blog: Enlisting Monoclonal Antibodies in the Fight Against COVID-19

Fierce Biotech: Harvard animal studies suggest COVID-19 protection can come from previous infection or DNA vaccine

New England Journal of Medicine: Developing Covid-19 Vaccines at Pandemic Speed

Firstpost: Harvard studies show DNA vaccines provide partial immunity and antibodies prevent reinfection

GEN & Biotechnology News: Expediting COVID-19 Research

CBS News: Monkey trials show promising COVID-19 vaccine results

May 20, 2020 

US News: Inovio Says COVID-19 Vaccine Produces Antibodies in Mice, Guinea Pigs

TuftsNow: Searching for Ways to Defeat COVID-19

May 19, 2020 

KTVT TV: Finding A Cure: Texas Research Lab Confirms Drug Blocks Coronavirus In Human Cells

The Telegram & Gazette (Central Massachusetts): COVID-19 from humans to animals ‘highly unlikely,’ study at Tufts finds

May 18, 2020 

WVUE TV: Tulane scientists discuss ongoing coronavirus research including plans to vaccinate animals

STAT: Early data show Moderna Covid-19 vaccine generates immune response

Nature:  Animal source of the coronavirus continues to elude scientists

New York Times: Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Shows Promising Early Results

The Guardian: Five organisations in the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine

May 17, 2020

News Medical: Study involving mice shows human monoclonal antibodies can effectively neutralize SARS-CoV-2

May 16, 2020 

The Hawk Eye: Iowa mice key in race for COVID-19 treatments

May 15, 2020 

NIH: Investigational ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine protects monkeys against COVID-19 pneumonia

NBC: Coronavirus vaccine: This week’s updates from Oxford and the NIH

WHYY Radio: The great research mouse rescue amid the pandemic

The California Aggie: UC Davis research finds strong links between emerging infectious diseases, threatened animal species

The California Aggie: Testing of COVID-19 skin patch vaccine begun by Verndari Inc. in collaboration with UC Davis

Pharmaceutical Technology: Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine shows promise in animal study

May 14, 2020 

Science Daily: SARS lessons for COVID-19 vaccine design

Knowable Magazine: Building a mouse squad against Covid-19

ABC – Australia:  Coronavirus family tree tracing could prove key to controlling new outbreaks

Nature: Dogs caught coronavirus from their owners, genetic analysis suggests

Bangor Daily News: Cats with no symptoms spread virus to other cats in lab test

Scientific American: From Hamsters to Baboons: The Animals Helping Scientists Understand the Coronavirus

May 13, 2020 

The Salt Lake Tribune: Coronavirus and immunity — what the latest research says about people who already beat the disease

Medical Express: Can a drug developed for sickle cell anemia mitigate lung damage in patients with COVID-19?

May 11, 2020 

Telangana Today: Even animals benefit from social distancing to prevent disease

KLEW TV: Researchers investigate how COVID-19 is transmitted from humans to pets

Wired: The Search for a Covid-19 Research Animal Model

iPolitics: One of Canada’s vaccine hopefuls has shown promise in ferrets – so now what?

Science Daily: A close relative of SARS-CoV-2 found in bats offers more evidence it evolved naturally

May 10, 2020 

The Philadelphia Inquirer: How long immunity lasts after a coronavirus infection and what that means for vaccines

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Opinion: Developing a treatment

May 7, 2020

Inverse: An Animal Once Linked to Covid-19 Could Be the Key to Better Treatment

Neurology Today: COVID-19 Closes Labs, Slows Data Collection—The Impact on Neurology Research

KTRK TV: FDA approves coronavirus vaccine’s next phase in clinical trial

May 6, 2020

Washington Post: The urgent quest for a coronavirus treatment involves door-to-door blood collection and a llama named Winter

Forbes: Meet The Animal Heroes Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

May 5, 2020

The Conversation: Exercise may help reduce risk of deadly COVID-19 complication: ARDS

Discover Magazine: COVID-19 Antibody Testing: Tougher Than True/False

The Print: Can computers find a potential drug to fight Covid-19? Experts say it’s a long journey

Science Magazine: The race is on for antibodies that stop the new coronavirus

May 4, 2020

Science Daily: Activation of the SARS coronavirus 2 revealed

Chicago Business:  Scientists use genetically modified mice to create antibody that defeats coronavirus in lab

The Incline: Meet the Pitt researchers working to end the COVID-19 pandemic

Sky News: Coronavirus: Scientists hail ‘groundbreaking’ discovery of antibody which prevents infection

May 3, 2019

Washington Post: Inside the extraordinary race to invent a coronavirus vaccine

May 2, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The fight for a cure includes animal studies

April 29, 2020

UC Davis: COVID-19 Vaccine With Patch Delivery Technology Enters Preclinical Testing at UC Davis

Live Science: Why are more men dying from COVID-19?

Tri-State Livestock News: MSU researcher examines animal origins of COVID-19

CNN: The Race for a Vaccine: Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s coronavirus podcast for April 29

April 28, 2020

NBC: ‘Fogging’ technology used by animal caretakers to clean rooms where animals are housed now helping in the battle against coronavirus

April 25, 2020 

Business Insider:  How studies on everything from monkeys and ferrets to mice, cats, and dogs are helping researchers in the fight against the coronavirus crisis

CBC: A race against the disease’: Canadian researchers part of global effort to develop COVID-19 vaccine

The Dartmouth: Researchers continue essential work in on-campus labs

April 24, 2020 

Live Science:  New COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in monkeys. Next step: humans

April 23, 2020 

Scientific American: Three Ways to Make Coronavirus Drugs In a Hurry

Science Magazine: COVID-19 vaccine protects monkeys from new coronavirus, Chinese biotech reports

The Johns Hopkins News-Letter: Care of research animals remain a priority at Hopkins

Medical News Today: Studies in mice and monkeys show faulty blood clotting mechanism may explain COVID-19 severity

April 22, 2020 

Futurity:  Why Do Older People Have More Covid-19 Symptoms?

Newsweek: Chimpanzee studies show that ‘social distancing’ may not be the right term for our coronavirus quarantine measures.

The Guardian: Coronavirus: what have scientists learned about Covid-19 so far?

April 20, 2020 

Global News: University of Calgary researchers study risk of COVID-19 transmission from humans to pets

April 17, 2020 

NIH: Investigational chimp adenovirus MERS-CoV vaccine protects monkeys. Scientists pursuing similar studies with a vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2. 

NIH: Antiviral remdesivir prevents disease progression in monkeys with COVID-19

April 16, 2020

Live Science:  When will a COVID-19 vaccine be ready?

Montreal Gazette: What science is telling us about COVID-19, from deadly spikes to brain seizures

MIT News: Proteins may halt the severe cytokine storms seen in Covid-19 patients

April 15, 2020

The Scientist: What Do Antibody Tests For SARS-CoV-2 Tell Us About Immunity?

AVMA: Spike protein may contain key weaknesses in COVID-19 virus

April 14, 2020

Business Insider: French scientists are using the measles vaccine to develop a ‘Trojan horse’ against the coronavirus

Chicago Tribune:  At the center of a storm: The search for a proven coronavirus treatment

April 13, 2020  

Science Magazine: Mice, hamsters, ferrets, monkeys. Which lab animals can help defeat the new coronavirus?

Quartz: How monkeys, ferrets, and horses are helping scientists fight Covid-19

The California Aggie: UC Davis researchers work toward developing potential vaccine for COVID-19

Science Daily: Study finds remdesivir effective against a key enzyme of coronavirus that causes COVID-19

KERA TV: Clinical Trials For Promising COVID-19 Drug Underway In North Texas

April 10, 2020

Taipei Times:Virus Outbreak: Team identifies inhibitors in search for drug

Scientific American: What Immunity to COVID-19 Really Means

WDHN – TV: Auburn Veterinary Medicine begins testing for COVID-19 vaccine candidates

April 9, 2020 

Science Focus:  Ferrets potential ally in the search for coronavirus vaccine

April 8, 2020 

Popular Science: A new vaccine protects mice from another dangerous coronavirus

April 7, 2020 

WXIA TV: Emory-discovered coronavirus drug shows promise in mice, heads to human trials

Technology Networks: Antiviral Against COVID-19 Reduces Damage in Mouse Lungs

The Cedar Rapids Gazette: University of Iowa-led vaccine research shows promise for coronavirus

Scientific American: New Coronavirus Drug Shows Promise in Animal Tests

Science Daily: Engineered virus might be able to block coronavirus infections, mouse study shows

PRI: Can Tulane University’s monkeys help the global fight against the coronavirus?

KSAT TV: Local scientists studying levels of immunity in COVID-19 survivors

The Scientist: Scientists Around the Globe Pivot Their Research to SARS-CoV-2

April 6, 2020

WCSH TV: Maine lab genetically modifies mice for COVID-19 research

US News: Why Will It Take So Long for a COVID-19 Vaccine?

WLBZ TV: Maine lab genetically modifies mice for COVID-19 research

Medical Express: Virologist leads world’s first multi-vaccine animal efficacy studies in the fight against COVID-19

April 5, 2020

Stanford Daily: Researchers tackle COVID-19 from all angles

KXLY-TV: WSU laboratory begins testing animals for COVID-19

April 3, 2020

World Economic Forum: Why a coronavirus vaccine takes over a year to produce – and why that is incredibly fast

The New Daily: We don’t want a new Thalidomide: Why a COVID-19 vaccine is so long coming

Reuters: Potential COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in mouse study

The Globe and Mail: Chinese wildlife ban freezes export of test monkeys amid worldwide push for COVID-19 vaccine

April 2, 2020

BBC: Coronavirus: Australian scientists begin tests of potential vaccines

April 1, 2020

New York Times: COVID-19 Changed How the World Does Science, Together

The Guardian: Cats can infect each other with coronavirus, Chinese study finds

The Conversation: Sheep and Bacteria Are Helping in the Fight Against Coronavirus – Here’s How

Japan Times: Race for COVID-19 vaccine tests limits of drug innovation

BBC: The world needs more ventilators – but scaling up production is more complex than it seems. Around the world, thousands of volunteers are working hard to fill the gaps.

The Cornell Sun: Virology Professor Weighs in on a Potential COVID-19 Cure

March 31, 2020

CTV: Canadian scientists, others around the world racing to find a COVID-19 vaccine

Medical News Today: COVID-19: No evidence that heart, kidney medications raise risk

AAMC: Here’s why we can’t rush a COVID-19 vaccine

March 30, 2020

GEN News: COVID-19 Reinfection Not a Concern, Monkey Study Suggests

March 28, 2020

ABC News: Louisiana researchers studying monkeys for a coronavirus vaccine face challenges as state cases spike

The Sacramento Bee: UC Davis researchers rushing to develop new treatments to stop coronavirus spread

Forbes: How Colleges Are Stepping Up To Fight COVID-19

March 27, 2020

The Guardian: It’s a razor’s edge we’re walking’: inside the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine

March 26, 2020

Several News Outlets: Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D., Comments on the Critical Role of Animals in Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine. Video below:

Science Magazine: Race to find COVID-19 treatments accelerates

BBC: Coronavirus: Pangolins found to carry viruses related to Covid-19

Triangle Business Journal: Duke University Hospital to test potential COVID-19 treatment on patients

March 25, 2020

Forbes: Timeline Shows 3 Paths To COVID-19 Treatment And Prevention (INFOGRAPHIC)

MedCity News: Vir Bio aims to launch Covid-19 antibody studies this summer

Science Daily: COVID-19: Stopgap measure to treat respiratory distress

The Atlantic: How the Pandemic Will End

The Guardian: Coronavirus vaccine: when will it be ready?

World Economic Forum: Coronavirus vaccine: how soon will we have one?

March 21

Minneapolis Star Tribune: University of Minnesota is going ‘full-on MacGyver’ against COVID-19

March 19, 2020 

UC Davis: Researchers Race to Develop Coronavirus Solutions

March 18, 2020 

The Mercury News: Letter: I know lab animals are crucial in finding a COVID-19 vaccine

March 14, 2020 

The New York Times : These Lab Animals Will Help Fight Coronavirus

NPR: Mouse Hunt: Lab Races To Grow Mice For COVID-19 Research