Experts from the University of Tennessee reported that antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 receptor-binding domain were found in blood samples from domestic cats in the United States, taken long before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Izvestia newspaper writes. p>
According to scientists, this can only be explained by the fact that animals were in contact with another virus, the spike protein of which is so similar to a similar protein of the causative agent of COVID-19 that it causes the release of cross-reactive antibodies in the body.
< p> Scientists noted that a virus potentially dangerous for humans is circulating in the population of American cats right now.
In Russia, no such virus has been detected among domestic animals, according to interviewed domestic experts.
Previously, CEO WHO Tedros Ghebreyesus expressed the opinion that the world community can put an end to the coronavirus pandemic as early as next year.
In a column for the publication, he noted that this requires all countries to achieve the global goal by mid-2022 & mdash; & nbsp; vaccination of 70% of the world's population.