COVID-19 Information

Updates as of  4 May 2020 

AnimalhealthEurope statement on COVID-19

Ensuring a stable supply of safe, nutritious food and protecting the pets sharing our homes during the COVID-19 pandemic is vital. Veterinary medicines, veterinary care and other required tools for healthy livestock production are necessary to achieving this goal. We are pleased to see the European Commission includes veterinary medicines in the Communication for the implementation of the Green Lanes under the Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services.

What we're doing

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt across the world, we are actively monitoring the situation and its potential impacts on veterinary medicine, in close cooperation with European and national authorities. The EMA has confirmed that, at this stage, manufacturers have not reported any shortages or delays in production. Our goal is to support you with links to relevant information in this fast-evolving situation.

As a responsible industry our priorities are to stand by our customers, that is to say: vets; farmers; and companion animal owners; and to support our members and their employees in taking all precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our people and their families.

In order to ensure business continuity, our members continue to connect with veterinary and other customers while following all relevant precautions to help reduce the spread of the virus, including phone and online technologies and avoiding face-to-face interactions and travel when non-critical.

Along the same lines and where possible, we are supporting “working from home” policies for our members’ employees following the recommendations from EMA and from local governments.

We're also providing support in other areas with the COVID-19 relief efforts: more info here.

Transmission of COVID-19

The OIE confirms that 'Human outbreaks [of COVID-19] are driven by person to person contact' and 'there is no evidence that companion animals are playing a significant epidemiological role in this human disease'.  EFSA has also confirmed that there is currently 'no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of the virus'. The FAO has stated that 'meat from healthy livestock that is cooked thoroughly remains safe to eat'. The risk of infection is higher in areas with the virus currently circulating, meaning where many people are infected by it.

Information sources

Below we have gathered together a list of sources with factual information on the disease, its impacts, transmission routes, precautions taken by the human and animal health industries, and measures being taken to contain its spread, etc.:

European Commission

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control - ECDC

European Food Safety Authority - EFSA

European Medicines Agency - EMA

World Organisation for Animal Health - OIE

World Health Organisation - WHO

World Small Animal Veterinary Association - WSAVA

Federation of Veterinarians of Europe - FVE

UN Food and Agriculture Organisation - FAO