Between 2,500 and 3,000 tonnes a tonne of squalene is required. Conservation group Shark ally Predicts that if the world’s population all received one dose of the vaccine, about 250,000 sharks would be slaughtered, depending on the amount of squalene used. There are two doses of half a million sharks per person in the world.
Currently, the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKine (GSK) Squalane uses in flu vaccines. The oil is used as an adjuvant in medicine, an ingredient that enhances the effectiveness of a vaccine by creating a strong immune response. GSK has announced that it will manufacture one billion doses of adjuvants for potential use in the coronovirus vaccine.
Shark friends are worried that killing so many sharks will do irreparable damage to our oceans’ ecosystems.
It says that we should use plant-based and synthetic alternatives to squalene, which do not meet sharks.
“We are not in any way trying to interrupt or slow the development of a COVID-19 vaccine or any other important treatment that is necessary to protect humanity from disease,” said Stephanie Brendel, California-based Founder of Shere Allies.
However, she says, “We are asking that continuous sour squalene be used in all non-critical applications and where the alternative is just as effective as shark squalene, and that all future vaccine trials plant-derived sources Giving similar views to “
Maintaining sea health is important
Sharks are important for ocean health and function. They are a key element in life systems that affect ocean health, food security, and livelihoods for generations to come. We need the ocean and the ocean needs the shark. But in recent decades the population has decreased greatly.
Using squalene in universally deployed Kovid vaccines can be harmful to many shark species.
Brendel says, “If it is more harmful than something that is harmful, then it does more harm.”
“A society that stays away from harmful practices needs awareness and a willingness to deal with the transition period. If wild animals are considered cheaper and easier than other animals, then the profit margin may not be as favorable. Sourcing a component from a wild animal is not a long term solution. “