Chilean vets were fined for giving dog vaccines against Covid-19

Health authorities in Chile have fined two vets who have been found to give canine vaccines as false protection against Covid-19.

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Health authorities in northern Chile have fined two vets who they say give or promote canine vaccines as a false defense against Covid-19.

Roxana Díaz, deputy health secretary of Antofagasta province, said her agency’s employees went to Maria Fernanda Muñoz’s veterinary practice in the city of Calama over a report that people were not using masks and were told it was because they had been vaccinated.

In an interview Tuesday with the government’s 24 Horas television channel, Muñoz acknowledged giving a vaccine aimed at herself and several people in her office, and argued that she had not fallen ill. That happened last year, before any COVID vaccines were approved in Chile.

“The truth is, it’s very dangerous,” says Díaz. “There are studies that say the effects can be local inflammation caused by the medicines he or she has systemic. But we haven’t done a study of what’s happening vaccinating an individual with canine vaccines because that would be unethical. ”

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The US VCA chain of veterinary hospitals includes an address on its website warning against confusing the new human coronavirus – one of a wide family of viruses that affects many species – with the one that causes intestinal disorder in dogs that are targeted by canine vaccines.

Díaz said another vet, Carlos Pardo, had been wrongly promoting the use of the canine vaccine for humans.

The health department fined Pardo the equivalent of about $ 9,200 and Muñoz about $ 10,300. Both have appealed.

Chile has now vaccinated 7.7 million of its 19 million people with at least one dose of legal COVID-19 vaccines.

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