Israeli scientists found 3 more antibodies that neutralize coronavirus

BREAKING: Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, who visited the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) in Nes Ziona together with President Reuven Rivlin, says Israeli scientists found three more antibodies that neutralize the coronavirus, just days after the laboratory announced that it had isolated one antibody.

“I’ve had the unique opportunity to push this project since its inception a few months ago. These are incredibly smart, creative and vigorous researchers, who love their work and care deeply about Israel’s security. Today when meeting them I requested that they move as quickly as possible to complete the work for a full treatment. I’ve ordered Israel’s Defense ministry to spare no money or resources to make this happen,” Bennet wrote in a series of tweets.

Bennet said that the new antibodies are fully human monoclonal, selected from coronavirus patients.

These antibodies specifically bind to distinct elements of the virus. The institute has demonstrated the ability of each of the antibodies to block the virus from infecting cells.

Based on comprehensive scientific publications from around the globe, it appears that the IIBR is the first institution to achieve a scientific breakthrough that meets all three of the aforementioned parameters simultaneously.

The IIBR is currently pursuing a patent for its development, after which it will contact international manufacturers.

“It should be emphasized that this scientific achievement has the potential to progress towards a treatment for corona patients and that it is not a vaccine for wide use. That said, the scientists at the institute believe that the nature of this breakthrough could lead to a shortening of the process, which could span over several months,” Bennett concluded.