As a precaution, Denmark is going to kill all 17 million minks in the country for fear of the mutations of the coronavirus found in the fur animals. According to the Danish health authorities, a mutated version of the coronavirus has been found in at least twelve people.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said at a press conference on Wednesday that the mutated virus in mink could potentially pose a risk to the effectiveness of a future corona vaccine.
Other countries could also be at risk, according to Frederiksen. “We have a great responsibility towards our own population, but with the mutation that has now been found, we have an even greater responsibility towards the rest of the world,” said the prime minister. Denmark is one of the world’s largest producers of mink fur.
The first virus cases were recorded on a mink farm in Denmark in June. The Danish government had about a million minks culled from fur farms last month to prevent further spread of the coronavirus
Denmark has reported the mutations found in mink to the health organization WHO and the European health authority ECDC.
No signs of mutations in mink in the Netherlands
The Dutch cabinet has no signs yet that the coronavirus has mutated into mink, as has happened in Denmark. “As far as we can see now, that is not the case in the Netherlands,” says healthcare minister Hugo de Jonge to questions from the Party for the Animals.
In the Netherlands too, persistent infections in mink have been detected in recent months. Mink farms have therefore been cleared on a large scale. More than a million minks have been gassed in our country since the start of the corona crisis.
The cabinet wants to put a definitive end to mink breeding by March 2021. That is three years earlier than planned.