An image of a dog vaccine for a different coronavirus has gone viral

23rd Apr 2020

Claim

A vaccine for coronavirus was made in 2001.

Conclusion

The vaccine pictured is one for dogs for canine coronavirus. It does not protect against Covid-19 and is not for humans.

We’ve seen a number of posts on Facebook, each shared thousands of times, claiming that there was a vaccine for coronavirus created back in 2001.

The image in the post shows a vial of a vaccine, but not for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus which causes Covid-19. The vaccine pictured is Nobivac Canine 1-Cv, a vaccine for dogs. The vaccine is administered by vets to protect dogs against diseases caused by canine coronavirus infection, not the new coronavirus causing the current pandemic.

Canine coronavirus is not the same as SARS-CoV-2. Canine coronavirus doesn’t affect people, and is a gastrointestinal disease, not a respiratory one.

If you zoom in on the image, you can see that the label says “Canine Coronavirus Vaccine”, and the US Vet License is 165A, showing that this is not a vaccine for humans.

A number of groups are working on vaccines for humans against the novel coronavirus, but at the time of writing, none are ready for use yet.