Nov. 4 (UPI) — The Danish authorities mentioned Wednesday that it’ll slaughter tens of millions of mink as a mutated model of the coronavirus able to infecting people found within the mammal might degrade the effectiveness of vaccines.

Mette Frederiksen, the prime minister of Denmark, made the announcement throughout a press convention Wednesday, stating that proof reveals the mutated coronavirus prevents the physique from producing antibodies, doubtlessly decreasing the effectiveness of a vaccine when one is developed.

“The conclusion from the Statens Serum Institut is kind of clear: Continued mink breeding throughout an ongoing COVID-19 epidemic entails a big danger to public well being, together with the probabilities for stopping COVID-19 with vaccines,” she mentioned, referring to steering from the federal government’s public well being and infectious illness division.

Denmark, the most important producer of mink fur, has between 15 and 17 million of the rodents, and the armed forces will probably be deployed to the 1,500 mink farms to carry out the culling.

“Our alternative to get on the opposite facet of the coronavirus is a vaccine that folks world wide are working at excessive stress to develop,” Frederiksen mentioned. “In fact, it’s completely essential {that a} new vaccine works in the absolute best method.”

The prime minister mentioned she has “nice sympathy” for the farmers affected by this determination however it isn’t just for the sake of defending those that are liable to changing into significantly ailing from the mutated coronavirus however for the sake of Denmark, your entire world “and so our complete joint effort has not been in useless.”

Denmark has been experiencing skyrocketing infections since early October, reporting a report of greater than 1,350 circumstances on Tuesday, in accordance with a stay tracker of the virus by Johns Hopkins College.

Researchers on the Baltimore-based institute mentioned Denmark has recorded greater than 51,000 COVID-19 infections and 729 deaths.