500,000 SHARKS May be Killed for COVID-19 Vaccine, Group Says

500,000 SHARKS May be Killed for COVID-19 Vaccine, Group Says

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Wildlife experts have claimed that the world may sacrifice the lives of half a million sharks for a coronavirus vaccine.

According to tabloid newspaper The Daily Mirror, scientists are using squalene in clinical trials. It is a natural oil made in the liver of sharks.

They are testing the medicinal compound as an adjuvant to further increase the effectiveness of a possible vaccine.

Shark Allies believed that authorities will need to kill around 250,000 sharks to provide dosages for coronavirus patients.

The conservationist group warned that the figure would double and become more dire when the demands start to increase.

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“Harvesting something from a wild animal is never going to be sustainable, especially if it doesn’t reproduce in huge numbers,” said founder and executive director Stefanie Brendl.

Brendl noted that they are not trying to slow down vaccine production, but rather asking scientists to come up with sustainable options.

The group has set up an online petition, named “Stop Using Sharks in COVID-19 Vaccine – Use EXISTING Sustainable Options.”

The campaign has collected over 9,000 signatures, only a little away towards their 10,000 target signatories.

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