National Zoo vaccinating some primates; lions and tigers still recovering from COVID-19

As the National Zoo’s lions and tigers continue to recover after testing presumptive positive for COVID-19, the staff began vaccinating some of the zoo’s primates.

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According to officials, seven orangutans, one western lowland gorilla, one white-eared titi monkey and two emperor tamarins have received their shots.

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Veterinarians are among those monitoring the vaccinated animals. They say they have not seen any side effects so far.

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The department of agriculture has authorized a vaccine for animals made by a company called Zoetis.

The animals who’ve received shots will also get a second dose.