However, Kovac said he had had a ‘positive’ conversation with a senior figure in the jurisdiction over the issue of paying AU$105,000 in registration fees to get the drug registered, the Daily Mail reported.
“They contacted me for an alternative permit. So it looks like fast-track is probably the wrong word, but there is an alternative method we’re looking at to get this approved right now. “, he told Daily Mail Australia.
“It’s pretty exciting. Looks like it’s going to happen,” he added.
Australia has about 5.1 million dogs and 3.8 million cats as pets.
“You don’t have to import a million vaccines to get started. If there’s interest from a few thousand pet owners, then we can start with that,” Kovac said.
“In Russia, most of the work is done by veterinarians doing the consultation and managing it.”
“It’s a very simple vaccine, and they can make it 24 hours a day if there’s a need here. But the first step is to get it approved,” he noted.
While many people think otherwise, Kovac said pets can certainly get COVID-19, but there’s no evidence they can transmit it to people.
“But there is a lot of evidence from abroad that dogs, cats, ferrets, ferrets can contract COVID-19, the same virus that affects us, and in some cases, it can be fatal. people and cause all the same problems we have,” he said. .
The report says Russian pet vaccines have been approved in Japan, Brazil and other South American countries.
In another development, a guinea pig from a pet store in Hong Kong has tested positive for COVID-19.
To limit the outbreak of the disease, the Hong Kong government has planned to destroy thousands of small animals, including hamsters, chinchillas, rabbits and guinea pigs.
“We understand that there are several species that can be infected with SARS-CoV-2,” WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead, Maria Van Kerkhove, told a virtual media press conference on Tuesday.
“There’s a chance that[of]the disease could reactivate (ie) from humans back to animals, and then the animals could re-infect people. That risk remains low,” she said.