Human mRNA vaccine trials in the 2010s? A history lesson in animal research

The recent mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 are the first of their kind, but they weren’t created overnight. RNA itself was discovered in the 1960s. Then, basic research in the 1970s paved the way for vaccine development in the 90s, optimization in the 2000s, clinical trials for influenza and rabies in the late 2010s

2019 French Animal Use Statistics

August 25th 2019 Until 2013, France released their animal research statistics on a triennial basis. Since 2014 and the implementation of EU Directive 2010/43, the French Ministry of Higher education, Research and Innovation began publishing animal use statistics on an annual basis. According to the 2019 figures, France conducted 1,865,403 procedures on animals in 2019, … Continue reading 2019 French Animal Use Statistics

Animal Research in Switzerland in 2019

August 24th 2021 We have translated the statistics for animal research conducted in Switzerland in 2019 and these data are summarized below. Overall, there were 572,069 animals used in research and animal testing in Switzerland in 2019 — a 2.4% decrease compared to 2018. According to the Federal Veterinary Office, the BLV, this decrease is … Continue reading Animal Research in Switzerland in 2019

2019 US Animal Use Statistics

August 23rd 2021 In 2019, US government statistics put the number of laboratory animals used in research at 797,546, an increase of 2.2% from 2018. This includes both public and private institutions. These statistics do not include all animals as most mice, rats, and fish are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act – though … Continue reading 2019 US Animal Use Statistics

2019 German Annual Use Statistics

August 20th 2021 In accordance with EU guidelines the Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft produces annual statistics showing the number of procedures on animals in German research. This includes many types of research including basic and translations studies, animal testing for safety, and the breeding of GM mouse lines. EU guidelines demand that all vertebrates … Continue reading 2019 German Annual Use Statistics

2019 Canadian Animal Research Statistics

August 19th 2021 The statistics for animal research conducted in Canada in 2019 have been released by the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). These numbers reflect research conducted by CCAC-certified institutions and by people working at CCAC-certified institutions, even if the research involves animals located outside of Canada. The criteria for CCAC certification can … Continue reading 2019 Canadian Animal Research Statistics

The EU and Norway release animal use statistics for 2018

August 18th 2021 In 2021, the EU released a report, for “statistics on the use of animals for scientific purposes by the Member States of the European Union and Norway in 2018”. These data follow the changes in reporting for the 2015-2017 interim report. Comparison of the data from the interim report and from the 2018 … Continue reading The EU and Norway release animal use statistics for 2018

The UK releases animal use statistics for 2020

August 17th 2021 The United Kingdom reports a wealth of information every year on its use of animals in research. Every animal procedure must be categorized according to the overall purpose (and specific disease area or regulatory purpose if relevant), the genetic status of the animals and the severity of the procedure. Great Britain (England, … Continue reading The UK releases animal use statistics for 2020