- On June 9 , 2022, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare has launched Animal Vaccine(Ancovax) and other Diagnostic Kits developed by the ICAR-National Research Centre on Equines, Hisar, Haryana.
- Ancovax vaccine is nation’s first animal vaccine (Ancovax) against SARS-CoV-2 virus.
- The Ancovax Vaccine on Equines is an inactivated SARS-CoV-2 Delta (COVID-19) Vaccine for Animals.
- It contains inactivated SARS-CoV-2 (Delta) antigen capable of neutralizing both Delta and Omicron Variants of SARS-CoV-2.
- It is safe for dogs, lions, leopards, mice and rabbits.
- It was developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-National Research Centre on Equines (ICAR-NRCE).
CAN-CoV-2 ELISA Kit
- It is a specific nucleocapsid protein based indirect ELISA Kit for antibody detection against SARS-CoV-2 in Canines.
Surra ELISA Kit
- The Surra ELISA Kit is a suitable Diagnostic Assay for Trypanosoma evansi infection in multiple animal species.
- The Surra is one of the most important haemoprotozoan diseases of the different livestock species caused by Trypanosoma evansi.
- The disease is prevalent in all the agro-climatic parts of India.
- In India, losses to livestock productivity are estimated to be Rs. 44.740 Billion annually due to Surra.
The Equine DNA Parentage Testing Kit
- It is a powerful genomic technology for parentage analysis.
- The Parentage among the Horses can be definitely established using Multiplex PCR Technology to compare allele sizes.
- At ICAR-NRC on Equines, an optimized 21 DNA Market Panel is being used for Parentage testing.
Which are the other animal COVID vaccines?
- Russia had registered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine for animals called Carnivac-Cov in March 2021.
- The vaccine contains an inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus strain to elicit humoral and T cell-mediated immune responses when injected into animals.
- The vaccine has been developed by Rosselkhoznadzor, or the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.
- Vaccine was developed to prevent animal-to-human viral transmission – a potential threat confirmed by the World Health Organisation.