This call came after last September, the Los Angeles-based shark protection group Shark Allies posted on Facebook and made a petition on Change.org about the dangers it faces. shark population.
As quoted from Phys, Saturday (10/10/2020) sharks are a source of important ingredients in vaccine manufacture which is known as squalene.
This material can be found in a variety of plant sources, but can also be extracted from the liver of sharks, because of its cost effectiveness and abundance.
Squalene will later be added to vaccines to increase the body’s immune response.
However, behind this, there are concerns that the race for vaccine production could lead to countries that do not have shark fishing regulations to take unsustainable amounts of harvesting.
So, this certainly can endanger the survival of these marine predator species.
“This could create a potential catastrophe for sharks and humans as these resources are unsustainable or unreliable for the mass production of the Covid-19 vaccine,” wrote Shark Allies at Change.org.
The Shark Allies petition calls on regulators and manufacturers involved in the squalene and vaccine industry to include non-animal squalene in all current and future product testing, amid efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine to fight back. pandemic Covid-19.