Israeli scientists are only few weeks away from coronavirus vaccine
BREAKING: Israeli scientists from the Galilee Research Institute claim they have developed a vaccine against the coronavirus for poultry and are only a few weeks away from testing the vaccine on humans.
Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis said that if all goes as planned, the vaccine could be ready within three weeks and available in 90 days.
“Congratulations to MIGAL on this exciting breakthrough. I am confident that there will be further rapid progress, enabling us to provide a needed response to the grave global COVID-19 threat,” Akunis said.
The research team, which specializes in the fields of biotechnology, environmental and agriculture, have been developing the vaccine for the past four years and claim it could be modified for use in humans because of a similar DNA structure in the virus that had spread from China.
“Given the urgent global need for a human Coronavirus vaccine, we are doing everything we can to accelerate development. Our goal is to produce the vaccine during the next 8-10 weeks and to achieve safety approval in 90 days,” David Zigdon, the CEO of MIGAL said in a press conference.
“The vaccine developed by us for poultry is administered orally and the human vaccine offered by us is also expected to be administered orally,” he added.
An Israeli man became today the first in the country to test positive for coronavirus.
The coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people and killed nearly 2,800, the majority in China. There have been 3,246 cases outside China, including 51 deaths.