Are vaccinations for apes our next step to protect our endangered ‘relatives’?

Infectious disease has joined poaching and habitat loss as a major threat to the survival of African apes.

Although vaccinations to prevent the spread of infectious disease are available there are are two key objections. The first objection centres on the ethics of intervening in a “natural” system. The second refers to the magnitude of risk and the cost effectiveness of such an undertaking.

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