World Zoonoses Day 2020
6 July marks World Zoonoses Day. The day commemorates French scientist Louis Pasteur, who, on this day in 1885, administered the first vaccine against rabies.
World Zoonoses Day is particularly poignant in 2020, a year when the impact of zoonoses cannot be escaped. With so many lives lost and livelihoods diminished by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us know too well the devastation zoonoses can cause.
At the IVVN, we have decided to mark the day with a celebration of the positive impact research can have. Our video below highlights three projects contributing to the understanding and control of different zoonoses around the world.
We will also be joining our partners at the One Health Poultry Hub in a two-minute silence at midday to reflect on the suffering caused by COVID-19 and other zoonoses, and we encourage you to do the same.