Lab Skips Animal Testing for Coronavirus Vaccine

In the fastest turnaround in history, the coronavirus vaccine has been sent straight to clinical trials and bypassed traditional animal testing at a Seattle lab.

45 individuals have received their first injection and will be followed for 1 year. Typically, any new drug has to be run through many species of non-human animals before it is tested on humans. In the case of COVID-19, things are much more urgent. While other labs worldwide have followed traditional animal testing practices for the vaccine, this Seattle lab has reprioritized and removed the animal testing component from their lab's process.

Historically, many drugs that successfully treat illnesses in animals end up failing in humans. Animal advocates have pushed for alternative methods, not only to save animal lives but to avoid relying on the often dangerous assumption that humans and non-humans will react similarly to drugs. COVID-19 is making history by bending the rules.

Listen to the latest episode of the PETA Podcast for the full story.

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Comments

  • Thank you so much

    MaryEllen Hyttinen on
  • thank God!!! it needs to stop period!!!!!!!!!!

    Nicole Hood-Dolderer on
  • Good on Seattle, more please, but I heard today that Australia are testing on ferrets! No no no no.

    Pam Hill on
  • What I’ve been waiting for for ages! At last COMMON SENSE. Animals react different than humans so testing on them is useless and cruel!!!

    Madelon Michel on
  • No animal should suffer for human benefit.

    Barry on


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