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Mink and COVID-19

The SSI (Statens Serum Institut) has discovered a mutated version of coronavirus in mink. Given the serious threat to public health, the Government has decided that all mink in Denmark are to be culled.

Mutated version of virus discovered in mink

The mutated version discovered by the SSI has proven to be less sensitive to antibodies and is a version of the virus that can spread from minks to humans. There is a risk that a future vaccine will not be effective against the mutated version of the virus.

And there is a risk that the mutated version will spread to other countries.


The Government considers the situation sufficiently serious to warrant the culling of both infected populations and populations in the immediate vicinity of infected populations.


The mink culling efforts across the country will be coordinated by the the National Crisis Coordination Committee (Den Nationale Operative Stab, NOST). The police and the Armed Forces will assist the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestyrelsen) with the culling efforts.

Mink farmers who undertake to cull their own animals will receive a compensation bonus.