A dog vaccine program is scheduled to help boost effectiveness of coronaviruses vaccine, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The program, to be announced Monday, will be called a “Dog Vax” program, said CDC spokesman Steve McCraw.
The U.K.-based vaccine manufacturer Roche said it will also be part of the program.
A dog vaccination is one of several vaccines that have been developed to fight the coronivirus, the world’s deadliest respiratory disease.
It has been administered to people for about four years in a small, privately run vaccine trial in China.
The vaccine was shown to reduce the number of coroniviruses in dogs by 70 percent in a two-year study, but it has been challenged in court.
In recent months, there have been concerns about the safety of the vaccine, including a coronaviral death in a puppy.