A shortage of research animals could delay a COVID-19 vaccine

Research into vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus could soon stall for an unexpected reason -- a lack of research animals.

The National Institutes of Health warned in September about a shortage of nonhuman primates, such as rhesus macaques. Demand for research monkeys is soaring as companies and governments pour billions into COVID-19 research.

Making matters worse, more than 60% of nonhuman primate research animals come from China, which stopped exporting them. Scientists also face a shortfall of specially bred lab mice.



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