A key ingredient used to manufacture the COVID-19 vaccine has been discovered in the bodies of pythons. It’s called squalene, an oil found naturally in the livers of sharks.
Crum is a python hunter hired by the state of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to harvest invasive pythons from the Florida Everglades.
Crum tells WDBO scientists have recently discovered that Squalene can be found throughout the python’s body.
“What they’re finding out is since this squalene is in the fats, they can metabolize that and reverse process it and learn how to make it out of other things, like cholesterols and other kinds of fats,” said Crum.
And with the population of invasive pythons in the Everglades continually growing, Crum says there could potentially be an endless supply of squalene in south Florida.
“So out of one snake we’ve calculated we can make 3,400 doses of the vaccine, and there’s a lot of snakes in the Everglades,” said Crum.