15 million mink to be slaughtered in efforts to curb COVID-19 spread

By: ASHLEY HOPKINS

After the recent discovery of a COVID mutation in mink, the Prime Minister of Denmark has decided to cull all the mink in the country. The mutation found in the mink began spreading to humans, and experts say that it could account for up to 400 of the country’s COVID cases.  

The decision made by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was made based on the recommendations of health officials. “The virus has mutated in mink. The mutated virus has spread to humans,” said Frederiksen. 

Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, which deals with infectious diseases, had found 5 cases of COVID within mink farms, and 12 cases in humans that could be linked to the farms. 

The 12 cases showed lower sensitivity to antibodies, which means the new mutation of the virus could potentially make vaccines less effective.  “We have a great responsibility towards our own population, but with the mutation that has now been found, we have an even greater responsibility for the rest of the world as well,” said Frederiksen in a statement. 

Coronavirus outbreaks due to the mink farms have been happening since June, despite efforts to stop them. One million mink were culled in October,  and Denmark’s police, army, and home guard are going to be deployed to speed the culling process up. 

There were also mink culled in Spain and the Netherlands after similar mutations were found there. 

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