The The Danish government decided this Wednesday to kill all the minks in the country, after finding a coronavirus mutation that can be transmitted to humans and it can negatively influence the development of a vaccine against the disease. “It is necessary to kill all the minks in Denmark”, said the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, in a press conference that had to be held virtually because it is isolated by an outbreak of COVID-19 that emerged in its Government.
As explained, the Danish authorities have found 12 people infected with the virus from minks, which has mutated so much that patients no longer form antibodies. Thus, the planned vaccine is weakened or, directly, does not work in these people.
“Studies have shown that Mutations May Affect Current Candidates for a COVID-19 Vaccine“, has reiterated the Danish Minister of Health, Magnus Heunicke, assuring that it is” a threat to the development of vaccines. “That is why it is important that we make a national effort,” he asked.
According to the Danish Food and Veterinary Administration, 270 mink farms have been found with coronavirus, while another 23 are suspected of being affected. “The coronavirus has shown once again how serious a disease can be“, has transferred the prime minister, who has indicated that Denmark must face the situation” with actions “.
The Armed Forces, the National Guard and the Danish Emergency Management Agency will assist in the elimination of minks, as reported by the Danish daily ‘Jyllands-Posten’. In Denmark there are about 13 million minks.
WHO asks for explanations
For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported this Thursday that it is in contact with the Danish authorities after finding a coronavirus mutation in mink. “We are aware of reports from Denmark of a number of people infected with mink coronavirus, with some genetic changes in the virus. We are in contact with the Danish authorities to obtain more information about this event, “he stated on his twitter account.