Journal article

SARS-CoV-2 does not replicate in embryonated hen's eggs or in MDCK cell lines

Ian G Barr, Cleve Rynehart, Paul Whitney, Julian Druce

EUROSURVEILLANCE | EUR CENTRE DIS PREVENTION & CONTROL | Published : 2020

Abstract

The advent of COVID-19, has posed a risk that human respiratory samples containing human influenza viruses may also contain SARS-CoV-2. This potential risk may lead to SARS-CoV-2 contaminating conventional influenza vaccine production platforms as respiratory samples are used to directly inoculate embryonated hen's eggs and continuous cell lines that are used to isolate and produce influenza vaccines. We investigated the ability of these substrates to propagate SARS-CoV-2 and found that neither could support SARS-CoV-2 replication.