The Role of Animal Research in Pandemic Responses

Comp Med. 2021 Oct 5. doi: 10.30802/AALAS-CM-21-000062. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTThe significant advances made by the global scientific community during the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplified by thedevelopment of multiple SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in less than 1 y, were made possible in part because of animal research.Historically, animals have been used to study the characterization, treatment, and prevention of most of the major infectious disease outbreaks that humans have faced. From the advent of modern 'germ theory' prior to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic through the more recent Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks, research that uses animals has revealed or supported key discoveries in disease pathogenesis and therapy development, helping to save lives during crises. Here we summarize the role of animal research in past pandemic and epidemic response efforts, as well as current and future considerations for animal research in the context of infectious disease research.PMID:34610857 | DOI:10.30802/AALAS-CM-21-000062
Source: Comparative Medicine - Category: Zoology Authors: Source Type: research