In order to tackle COVID-19 for good, scientists are working to find a cure, medicine, or vaccine. However, these finding types of solutions often sadly involve animal testing. However, the coronavirus pandemic brought to light the issues in humans’ treatment of animals. It’s also well known that animal research data doesn’t necessarily apply to humans. The results are often inconclusive. Therefore, testing possible solutions on animals isn’t efficient. There are already possible medications for coronavirus being tested on mice.
April 24, 2020 is World Day for Laboratory Animals. Ahead of this day, Animal Defenders International (ADI) has “launched a petition calling for governments to prioritize and support advanced methods, more relevant to humans, to accelerate the development of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.”
Due to this worldwide pandemic and the urgency of the situation, the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) has advised that clinical trials can skip the animal tests and advance to human clinical trials. However, safety testing on animals will still be required before a potential vaccine can be put on the market.
As ADI explains: “Due to species differences, animals respond differently to substances such as drugs, and are therefore an unreliable way to predict effects in humans. More than 90% of drugs which prove promising in animal trials fail in humans, either due to lack of effectiveness or safety concerns. Of the drugs that arrive on the market, around 50% are later withdrawn.”
Sign this petition to join ADI in calling for “advanced, human-relevant, scientific methods to be prioritized, and any regulatory requirements for animal research lifted, so that safe and effective vaccines and treatments can be progressed more quickly.”
Make sure to also sign these other petitions that are important during these uncertain times:
- Demand that American Hospital Association Tell Hospitals to Stop Threatening Nurses Over PPE
- Give COVID-19 First Responders and Essential Workers Hazard Pay
- Urge the Federal Government to Provide Hospitals With Urgent Supplies Needed to Fight COVID-19
- Create Ethical Guidelines for Access to Ventilators During Coronavirus Crisis
- Demand Anti-Price Gouging Laws in Every State
- Support Free Food Deliveries for National Health Service Workers in the UK
- Protect Incarcerated Youth from COVID-19
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