Petition: Half Million Sharks Could be Killed for the Coronavirus Vaccine

Petition: Half Million Sharks Could be Killed for the Coronavirus Vaccine

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Conservationists warn that up to half a million could be killed to produce the vaccine.

Sharks produce , the natural oil in their livers, that’s used in vaccines around the world.

Squalene is used to create a stronger immune response in the vaccine, therefore increasing its efficacy.

GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical company, uses squalene from sharks in its flu vaccine and the company said it would use squalene in coronavirus vaccines when they become available.

3,000 sharks are needed to produce a single tonne of squalene. Shark Allies, an activist group based in California, suggests that 250,000 sharks would need to be killed to produce enough squalene for coronavirus vaccine doses to cover the world.

Stefanie Brendl, founder and executive director of Shark Allies, said, “Harvesting something from a wild animal is never going to be sustainable, especially if it’s a top predator that doesn’t reproduce in huge numbers.

There’s so many unknowns of how big and how long this pandemic might go on, and then how many versions of it we have to go through, that if we continue using sharks, the numbers of sharks taken for this product could be really high, year after year after year.”

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This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 30 September 2020. Lead Image Source : le bouil baptiste/

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Mel Green

Wrong link by the way, it takes me to a Covid thing

Isabelle Fernandès

La pétition : 83 236 ont signé. Prochain objectif : 150 000 !

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61 198 SIGNATURES ******65 000 OBJECTIF

Janet Kenedy

Signed and Shared

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Robert Piller
Robert Piller

GlaxoSmithKline Please write: [email protected];

Robert Piller
Robert Piller

Would actually sign it myself but it’s an impossible site to use.

Robert Piller
Robert Piller

Will include in our November Report.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


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