Israeli scientists to announce Coronavirus vaccine development as number of infected rises to 100

Scientists at Israel’s Institute for Biological Research at Ness Ziona are expected to announce in the coming days that they have completed the development of a coronavirus vaccine as the number of verified coronavirus infections in Israel reaches 100.

The Health Ministry announced Thursday morning that of the 100 diagnosed with the virus, 91 are in hospital, one is being admitted, five are being treated by other means and three patients have fully recovered and were released from the hospital.

Health officials say that two people are in a serious condition, three in a moderate and the rest appear to be only lightly affected by the disease.

According to Health Ministry sources, scientists at Israel’s Institute for Biological Research at Ness Ziona have recently had a significant breakthrough in understanding the biological mechanism and qualities of the virus, including better diagnostic capability, production of antibodies for those who already have the virus and development of a vaccine.

Over the last week, the Health Ministry has been rolling out new restrictions on Israelis to help stop the spread of the virus. On Wednesday night, the Ministry forbade gatherings of over 100 people.

As more and more people go into self-quarantine at their homes following Israel’s policy, various institutions and organizations cut down on services.

Israel’s Habima National Theater in Tel Aviv closed Thursday, to reopen in April, joining the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv and the Haifa Theater, who announced Wednesday that they are closing their doors.

The Israel Prison Service announced that Jerusalem’s Russian Compound Detention Center prisoners and staff members have been quarantined after an officer working there had contact with a coronavirus patient. The detention center holds 119 prisoners and is manned by about 25 staff members.

Assuta, Israel’s largest private health service provider, announced Wednesday its hospital in Tel Aviv will limit elective surgeries after 28 nurses had to go into quarantine when a staff member came down with the virus.

Israel Railways announced it would cancel some of its lines as of Thursday, as over 10% of its 250 inspectors are now in quarantine after coming into contact with passengers who were later confirmed to be carrying the virus.