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mRNA Vaccines for Animals?

Apparently, there is at least one claim circulating on social media of farm animals being given some sort of mRNA vaccine in Australia. (Admittedly, there are always such claims on social media.)

At a glance across Australian state governments’ and relevant authorities’ websites, there seems to be nothing about it.

Nonetheless, it does seem mRNA vaccines are the trendy thing to do now.

In August, Australia’s NSW government announced a $65-million package for the purposes of animal emergency disease preparedness. This includes $5.7 million for the R&D of “mRNA vaccines for FMD and Lumpy Skin” intended “for use and manufacture in NSW by August 1 next year”.

Right, cos the tech works so well for humans… On a related note, shouldn’t it have been tested on animals—and even then, it should be lab animals—in the first place? Clearly, the world likes to do things in the wrong order, a bit like how people approach dating: let’s screw around with people first.

But I digress.

A Massachusetts-based company called Tiba Biotech is connected to this R&D effort. They seem to be into the mRNA and gene editing tech. Not surprisingly, they have worked with the US military. More concerning is their funding coming from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Tiba Biotech (
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