Covid-19 vaccine and monkeys. What do they have in common?

Sophia Counter, Journalist

Human and monkey DNA is so alike, monkeys are the only animal with a 99% DNA match. Human DNA on average is 96% identical to the DNA of our primate relatives, such as monkeys, apes and lemurs, and about 99% identical to our closest relatives, chimpanzees. With the spread of virus and the dire need for a vaccine, scientists are doing as much as they can to speed the process and put everyone at ease. When testing if a vaccine is safe for humans, you can’t test it on a human. And in the need for the results and accuracy to be as fast as possible, using animals that can’t express their feelings as words seem to be the next best thing to scientists. Many people are against animal testing to see if a product is safe for humans, because when you think about it if the product is not safe for the animal, the animal could die. So when using the monkeys to test our products lowers the monkey population until there are no more monkeys. In studies by NPRC they claim “Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) called upon the National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs) – as NIH has for HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Zika and other infectious disease threats – to identify animal species for studying the SARS-CoV-2 virus and developing safe and effective vaccines to block it.” Research with animals connected to these vaccines with other scientific advancements just as it has made connections among studies, the results from which facilitated the rapid pace to COVID-19 discoveries. Improving human and animal health. In an article by NY times “The world needs monkeys, whose DNA closely resembles that of humans, to develop Covid-19 vaccines. But a global shortage, resulting from the unexpected demand caused by the pandemic, has been exacerbated by a recent ban on the sale of wildlife from China, the leading supplier of the lab animals.” With coronavirus starting to make its way back around to life being normal again, monkeys are one of the helping factors to do so.