Israel claims ‘significant breakthrough’ to Have isolated a key coronavirus antibody
Coronavirus Update: Israel scientists claims ‘significant breakthrough’ to have isolated a key coronavirus antibody that can ‘neutralise’ disease in a patient.
Israel is one of dozens of countries racing to find a cure or a vaccine for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that emerged in China in December and are now step closer towards a treatment for Covid-19 after isolating a key coronavirus antibody at its main biological research laboratory, the defence minister said on Monday night.
According to Defence Minister Bennett’s statement, the process of developing the vaccine has been completed and now the process of patenting and mass production will take place in the next stage.
Bennet’s statement, however, did not reveal the status of human trials of the vaccine.
Bennet hailed the creativity of the staff at IIBR and has said that their creativity along with jewish mind made the difference in this wonderful achievement.
More than 100 research groups across the world are scrambling for vaccines, with nearly a dozen vaccine development processes are in early stages of human trials. However, scientists have not been able to predict the nature of vaccin that will work best against the virus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci who is a prominent member of the United States Coronavirus monitoring team constituted under President Donald Trump has warned that production of vaccine in 12 to 18 months would set a record.
Defence Minister Naftali Bennett visited the IIBR on Monday where he was briefed “on a significant breakthrough in finding an antidote for the coronavirus”. It quoted IIBR Director Shmuel Shapira as saying that the antibody formula was being patented, after which an international manufacturer would be sought to mass-produce it.
Israel was one of the first countries to close its borders and impose increasingly stringent restrictions on movement to hamper the domestic coronavirus outbreak. It has reported 16,246 cases and 235 deaths from the illness.