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Israeli scientists to launch first vaccine against Coronovirus

Israeli scientists claim they will be the first to develop the vaccine against the novel Coronavirus according to Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis.

Published: March 2, 2020, 10:02 am

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    The Jerusalem Post reported that the vaccine could be ready within a few weeks and available in 90 days, in a press release.

    “Congratulations to MIGAL [The Galilee Research Institute] on this exciting breakthrough,” Akunis said. “I am confident there will be further rapid progress, enabling us to provide a needed response to the grave global COVID-19 threat,” Akunis added.

    For the past four years, a team of MIGAL scientists has been developing a vaccine against infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) and the effectiveness of the vaccine has been proven in pre-clinical trials.

    “Let’s call it pure luck,” Dr Chen Katz, MIGAL’s biotechnology group leader said. “We decided to choose Coronavirus as a model for our system just as a proof of concept for our technology.” In the trials, the researchers demonstrated that the oral vaccination induces high levels of specific anti-IBV antibodies.

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