The development of the vaccine for Corona could involve the killing of about half a million sharks – it was reported yesterday (Monday) on the British “Sky News” network. This is in view of the fact that some of the vaccines that are currently in development contain the substance squalene – a natural oil produced, among other things, in the liver of sharks. Animal protection organizations fear that the growing demand for the substance will threaten the world’s shark population and put other species at risk of extinction.
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The use of squalene is common in the medical world, as an ingredient that enhances the effectiveness of preventative medicine treatments, by increasing the body’s immune response. For example, the British pharmaceutical company “GlaxoSmithKline” uses squalene-derived squalene for the flu vaccines it produces. Sky News reported that the company announced it would produce one billion doses of the substance ahead of a possible production of Corona vaccines in May.
Shark conservation experts have told the British chain that already at this time about 3 million sharks a year are killed for the production of squalene, for the production of cosmetics and machine oil. According to the report, about one tonne of squalene is needed about 3,000 sharks. Therefore, researchers are now considering using an artificial substance as an alternative that will play the same role and be made from sugar cane.
The American organization “Shark allies” told Sky News that if the entire population of the world received one dose of vaccine for corona containing the substance produced by sharks, it would involve the killing of about a quarter of a million sharks, and if every person in the world receives two doses of the vaccine, According to medical forecasts, the number of dead sharks will rise to half a million.
“Commercially producing material from wildlife will always have dire consequences, especially when it comes to a predator that does not reproduce in large numbers,” Shark allies founder Septani Brady told Sky News. “There are so many question marks about the plague including the length of time we will live in the shade and the changes that will take place in the virus, so if we continue to use sharks, the number of victims could reach huge numbers.”
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