Animal COVID Reveals Gaps in Global Health Governance

A masked visitor observes an orangutang at the Schoenbrunn Zoo, Vienna, Austria, Feb. 8, 2021 (AP photo by Ronald Zak).
A masked visitor observes an orangutang at the Schoenbrunn Zoo, Vienna, Austria, Feb. 8, 2021 (AP photo by Ronald Zak).

It has long been clear that humans are not the only species that contract COVID-19. At least 15 different animal species in U.S. zoos—including hippopotamuses, hyenas and snow leopards—have tested positive for the coronavirus during the course of the pandemic. The disease is running rampant through the white-tailed deer population in the United States’ Upper Midwest region, with more than one-third of deer examined in Ohio showing evidence of recent or active COVID-19 infections. In 2020, the Danish government culled 17 million minks out of fears that coronavirus infections among the animals could lead to outbreaks among humans, causing a […]

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