"GLOBAL ISSUES, LEADERSHIP CHOICES":
Denmark, the world's leading producer of minks, made the decision last week to cull all of the country's domestic mink population, as many as 17 million animals, because a mutated coronavirus that seemed to reduce sensitivity to antibodies was being passed back and forth between people and minks. In announcing the decision, Denmark's prime minister said, "We have a great responsibility towards our own population, but with the mutation that has now been found, we have an even greater responsibility for the rest of the world as well." Human-mink coronavirus transmission has not been limited to Denmark: the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S. have also reported infections this year and have culled infected animals. It is relevant to note that the world's #2 and #3 mink producers, Poland and China, have not yet responded to scientists' calls to ban mink production. (quote from www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-denmark-mink/denmark-to-cull-entire-herd-of-mink-due-to-risk-of-coronavirus-mutation-tv2-idUSKBN27K1X6)
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