Mutated Corona Virus found to kill domestic mink Denmark November 7 at 3:21 a.m.
In Northern Denmark, the government has announced a policy to kill up to 17 million minks raised on domestic farms after a new coronavirus mutated from a domestic mink to collect fur was found and human infection was confirmed.
The Danish government revealed on April 4 that a new mutated coronavirus had been found on a farm in mink, a domestic animal to collect fur, and that it had also been confirmed by 12 people believed to have been infected by mink.
Prime Minister Frederiksen pointed out that the mutated coronavirus could weaken the effectiveness of vaccines developed in the future, and made clear his policy of slaughtering all minks raised on domestic farms.
On a farm near the capital Copenhagen, the killing began on the 5th, and the man on the farm said, “We don’t have any infected minks, but we have to dispose of them as soon as possible. Losing all mink is a big blow.”
Denmark is known as one of the world’s leading producing countries for mink fur, with up to 17 million minks bred in the country.
The World Health Organization (WHO) posted on Twitter today that it is “in touch with the Danish authorities to understand the situation.”
In the case of Mink, killings have been carried out in the Netherlands and Spain so far.
WHO for more detailed verification
Speaking at a regular press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on the impact of the new mutated coronavirus on vaccine efficacy, Swaminasan said, “We should not draw any conclusions now as to whether the confirmed mutation will affect the effectiveness of the vaccine. Such evidence is not at this stage.”
On that basis, Mr. Ryan, who oversees crisis response, indicated that he would work with the Danish authorities to proceed with a more detailed verification.
U.S. WHO Annual Meeting in Taiwan
Meanwhile, at the WHO’s annual meeting scheduled to take place on September 9, Washington issued a statement today calling for Taiwan, which is not a member of the WHO, to be invited.
In this regard, Who’s chief legal officer, Solomon, said in a press conference, “Whether or not observers are allowed to participate is a matter for member states. WHO will continue to have technical cooperation with Taiwan as before,” he said, stressing the conventional position that it is up to 194 member states, not the WHO secretariat, to decide whether or not Taiwan will participate.
At the WHO general meeting in May, there were voices of support from the United States, Japan, and other parties over Taiwan’s participation in observers, but China did not change its opposition and did not realize it.