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European Parliament. Question on use of anti-COVID dogs

By Stefania Zambelli

"Parliamentary questions

12 January 2021

Question for written answer E-000125/2021 to the Commission

Rule 138 Stefania Zambelli (ID) 

Subject: use of anti-COVID dogs

Dogs trained to detect COVID-19 infection in humans are increasingly being used across Europe. Some trials have been successful, as in the case of airports in Finland and France.

Dogs trained to detect COVID-19 infection sniff the sweat of humans; if there is an ongoing infection, it releases metabolic residues which end up in a person’s sweat and can therefore be sniffed out by a dog trained for that purpose. According to a 

French study, dogs can sniff out infection with a success rate of around 95%, meaning that it is more effective than some COVID-19 tests (swabs).

The use of such dogs could be vital in places of transit, such as stations and airports, and at events such as shows.

In view of this:

1 Does the Commission not think it might be helpful to take an in-depth look at the issue of ‘anti-COVID’ dogs, by promoting studies on their effectiveness and role?

2 Does it not think that their use could be an additional weapon for Member States when it comes to tracing contacts?

3 Would it not be important, in the Commission’s view, to launch pilot projects to test it out in practice, at the European level, by using these dogs at airports?

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