Denmark to Cull Minks Because of Mutant COVID-19

Denmark announced it will cull its entire herd of mink after COVID-19 mutation spreads to humans.

Denmark announced it will cull its entire herd of mink after COVID-19 mutation spreads to humans.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said during a press conference that it an “extremely serious situation.”

Frederiksen explained that the new virus strain was found in 12 people who got infected by mink and that it was less sensitive to antibodies, which may weaken the effect of future vaccines.

“The mutated virus in mink may pose a risk to the effectiveness of a future vaccine,” said Frederiksen.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said that half of the 783 cases in northern Denmark are related to mink but it does not mean that it came directly from the animals.

Denmark’s security will be deployed to speed up the culling process in the northern regions where most of the mink farms are located and lockdowns would be put into place.

“The worst case scenario is a new pandemic, starting all over again out of Denmark,” said Kare Molbak, director at the State Serum Institute.


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