Developers of the COVID-19 vaccine need an oil commonly found in sharks — which puts the lives of more than half a million sharks at risk.
What’s going on?
- Squalene is common found in shark livers.
- The ingredient often helps create a strong immune response.
For example, the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline uses shark squalene in their flu vaccines.
- The company told Sky News that it might need close to 1 billion doses of the adjuvant for the coronavirus vaccine.
Shark Allies founder and executive director Stefanie Brendl told Tech Times that “harvesting something from a wild animal is never going to be sustainable.”
- The group as organized a petition to help stop the continued use of shark squalene.
It’s a similar story for monkeys:
- Researchers said they use monkeys before humans to test a vaccine’s efficacy and safety first. But there is currently a shortage of monkeys because there are so many vaccines in development.