“We’ll Have A Coronavirus Vaccine Within Weeks” – Israeli Scientists Say

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Israeli researchers are weeks away from developing a vaccine against COVID-19, Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis stated, adding that the vaccine could be ready within three weeks and enter the marketplace 90 days later.

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

Scientists at the MIGAL Galilee Research Institute have been developing a vaccine for four years against a coronavirus in poultry called infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) and recently proved its effectiveness in clinical trials.

The scientists discovered that COVID-19 shares close genetic similarity with the poultry coronavirus as well as the same infection mechanism, which will enable them to adapt the poultry coronavirus vaccine to a human coronavirus vaccine within a short amount of time.

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“All we need to do is adjust the system to the new sequence,” said Dr. Chen Katz, MIGAL’s biotechnology group leader. “We are in the middle of this process, we’ll hopefully have the vaccine in our hands in a few weeks. Yes, in a few weeks, if it all works, we would have a vaccine to prevent coronavirus.”

However, even if a vaccine is developed within a few weeks, it would take about another three months to complete clinical trials, regulatory drug processes and mass-production.

Akunis instructed the Director-General of the Science and Technology Ministry to expedite the approval processes for regulatory trials for the vaccine to enable a coronavirus vaccine to reach the marketplace as swiftly as possible.

“Given the urgent global need for a human coronavirus vaccine, we are doing everything we can to accelerate development,” David Zigdon, CEO of MIGAL, said. “Our goal is to produce the vaccine during the next 8-10 weeks, and to achieve safety approval in 90 days.”

“We are currently in intensive discussions with potential partners that can help accelerate the in-human trials phase and expedite completion of final-product development and regulatory activities.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)




8 COMMENTS

  1. Just leave it to those Jews
    First they invent a virus to take down the Iranian govt.
    and then they invent a vaccine to save the world
    🙂 🙂 🙂
    A Frailichin Purim
    and Thank You HKB”H for making me a YID

  2. Chasdei HaShem. The whole world will benefit from Yisroel.
    But guess what?
    I once heard from Rav Beren Wein, shlit”a. He was touring East Jerusalem shortly after the 6-day war. There was a warehouse full of cartons marked “Polio vaccine, for the children of Jordan, from the United States” — all unused! Why? Because both polio vaccines were developed by Yidden. Better to have polio than to enjoy a Jewish vaccine. This is the mentality of Yishmael.

  3. myownopinion the story is probably not true since polio vaccine has to be stored cold, like in a refrigerator not a warehouse. Also the packaging is wrong it would come in boxes (relatively small) from the manufacturer.

  4. Don’t believe the hype from Israel. Because if a lot of the info that comes out of the Israeli biotech community was true then many forms of cancer would have been cured as well as ALS and several other awful diseases.

  5. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but even if 10% of all the cures and vaccines which are constantly touted as being only a few weeks away from production in Israel, the world would have basically no sick people left.

  6. Sorry to puncture anybody’s balloon, but getting a vaccine to the point of use requires time. This group may have a vaccine “candidate” in a few weeks or months, but it has to be tested for effectiveness. First, tested in animals. Then, tests in people to see if it’s safe 3) Test in people to see if it’s effective. Then, if it passes, somebody has to construct the means of production to make enough for people to use.

    So, not tomorrow or the day after. At best, in time for the fall flu season. In the meantime, especially if you’re older or have something chronic like heart trouble or diabetes or asthma, wash your hands, cough into your elbow, stay home if you’re sick, and daven.