Danish authorities ordered a month-long closure of bars, restaurants and sports facilities where infected mink farms are located.
Danish Government Will Entire Population of Mink
Officials fear human-to-mink mutations could be resistant to a vaccine and have Ordered Farms to Kill 17 million Mink.
“Studies have shown that the mutations could affect the current candidates for a Covid-19 vaccine,” Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said in a press briefing Wednesday. At least 12 Danes have been infected with a mutated coronavirus connected to mink, the government said.
Authorities worry that if the problem isn’t addressed, the mink will build a reservoir of a mutated form of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 that could then be passed on to humans, and be impervious to a vaccine. They fear it could set off a new cluster of infections.
“Worst-case scenario is that we have a pandemic that will start all over again, starting from Denmark,” Denmark’s state epidemiologist, Kåre Mølbak, said.
From Animal to Humans
When initial reports of human-to-cat infections came out, scientists doubted the connection, then generally claimed the reverse was unlikely.
Long ago, I asked why?
If the virus could go from bats and camels to humans why couldn’t it spread from humans to other animals and back?
We now know it can.