Great apes at San Diego Zoo get COVID-19 vaccination

Great apes at San Diego Zoo get COVID-19 vaccination
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[Ed. – Fittingly, in the “things you can’t make up” column, a female orangutan receiving the vaccine is named Karen.]

Several orangutans and bonobos at the San Diego Zoo have received an experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed specifically for animals. They mark the first known non-human primates to get the shot.

An orangutan named Karen, who made history in 1994 as the first ape in the world to have open-heart surgery, was among those to get the vaccine, according to National Geographic.

Last month, Karen, along with three other orangutans and five bonobos at the zoo, received two doses each of the vaccine, which was developed by the veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis.

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