Denmark is reportedly planning to cull millions of mink in the country after a mutated form of coronavirus was found in the animals and previous efforts to stem an outbreak were unsuccessful.
As The Guardian reported, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced this week that the virus has mutated and spread to humans, prompting the decision to kill the remaining animals to prevent further spread. While the move led to some alarming headlines, public health officials urged calm and said people should not jump to conclusions.
Soumya Swaminathan, the chief scientist with the World Health Organization, said there was still more research needed to see how the mutation could affect plans for a vaccine for the infection.
"We need to wait and see what the implications are but I don't think we should come to any conclusions about whether this particular mutation is going to impact vaccine efficacy," she said. "We don't have any evidence at the moment that it would."