Around 5 lakh sharks could be killed for COVID-19 vaccine: Conservationists

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COVID-19 vaccine: The entire World is battling against the coronavirus and everyone is in the race to develop a vaccine, but this vaccination program is supposed to come at a very heavy price. Around half a million sharks could be killed in the production of vaccines.


But Why?

According to a conservation group, Shark Allies, these sharks could be killed for their natural oil found in the liver – squalene – to be used in the production of these vaccines.


Squalene is believed to improve the body’s immune system. Thus, providing protection against the coronavirus. Not only the COVID-19 vaccine but also several other vaccines including H1N1, influenza, MERS-CoV, and, SARS-CoV are developed with the help of this natural oil (Squalene).

The coronavirus vaccine will come at the cost of mass murder as according to Euro News nearly 2,500-3,000 sharks are required to get one tonne of squalene. So, with this calculation, about 2.5 lakh sharks would be required to vaccinate the entire global population.

COVID 19 vaccine
COVID-19 vaccine

The report further explained that if this population is to receive two doses of the vaccine then the number of sharks would double to 5 lakh from 2.5 lakh.

What did Shark Allies do?

Shark Allies, a California-based conservation organization does not stop here, it has launched an online petition. In the petition, it has asked the pharmaceuticals companies to stop using sharks’ squalene for the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. It is also asked the companies to look for existing “non-animal squalene” options.

The conservation group claimed: “Why would a company choose to use shark-derived squalene in their adjuvants, over sustainable plant-based alternatives? The only answer we can see is the cost. Plant-based squalene is approximately 30 percent more expensive than shark squalene. One of the reasons shark squalene is cheaper is because of the ease of extraction of squalene from the shark.”

COVID 19 vaccine – Not only these conservationists, but many people have raised questions regarding this fact, and netizens are horrified with this mass murder of the sharks.


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