Sunday, October 4, 2020

Up to a million sharks could be killed to produce coronavirus vaccine

Shark liver oil is often used by drugs companies.

Charlotte Becquart
Cornwall Live

There are fears that up to a million sharks could be killed in the race to produce a coronavirus vaccine.

Squalene, made from shark liver oil, is often used in vaccines to boost efficacy.

Shark Allies, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of sharks and rays, said using shark squalene would be "short-sighted", "unpredictable" and "unsustainable".

The campaign group has created an online petition for scientists to "stop using sharks in COVID-19 vaccine and use existing sustainable options" instead.  Read more >>