A post that is currently circulating via social media suggests that there was a coronavirus vaccine available as early as 2001.
The post features a photograph depicting a coronavirus vaccine bottle. It questions why “they” are saying that there is no vaccine and urges you to share the post before “they” take it down again.
However, the claims in the message are utter nonsense and should not be taken seriously.
Even a cursory examination of the image in the post reveals that the vaccine is for Canine Coronavirus, not the COVID-19 coronavirus. As the name implies, Canine Coronavirus affects dogs, not humans.
An article on veterinary hospital website VCA notes:
Canine coronavirus (CCoV) is not the same virus as SARS-CoV-2 that causes the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). CCoV does not affect people. CCoV causes gastrointestinal problems in dogs, as opposed to respiratory disease.
Amidst the current pandemic, COVID-19 is often referred to in the media and in general conversation as simply “coronavirus”. In context, it is clear that the term is referring to COVID-19. However, there are in fact many different types of coronavirus that cause illness in both humans and animals
An article about coronaviruses on Wikipedia notes:
Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can range from mild to lethal. Mild illnesses include some cases of the common cold (which is caused also by certain other viruses, predominantly rhinoviruses), while more lethal varieties can cause SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are as yet no vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.
Thus, at best, the circulating post is just a simple misunderstanding related to the meaning of the term “coronavirus”. At worst, it is a deliberate attempt to fool gullible recipients into believing that some sinister conspiracy is afoot. I suspect the latter.
Typically for such wide-eyed conspiracy theories, it refers to some shadowy “they” – presumably the government – as the perpetrator of the supposed coverup. And it implies without a shred of evidence or logic that the same “they” have previously removed the image of the dog vaccine to hide the truth and may soon do so again. It is unclear why even the most sinister “they” would go to the trouble of trying to censor an innocent image that clearly depicts a vaccine aimed to aid our canine companions.
If this absurd post comes your way, please don’t share it. There is more than enough nonsense about COVID-19 circulating already without adding more.
And for the record, the coronavirus vaccine featured in the image is ONLY for dogs. It is not in any way effective for the prevention of COVID-19 and certainly should not be administered to humans under any circumstances.
A screenshot of the circulating post:
Transcript of the post:
Now this was 2001 tell me why 19 years later they say there is no vaccine share before they take it down again