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Coronavirus vaccine race: Israel to begin human testing by October

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Israel aims to start vaccinating all Israelis by early 2021. Will the pro-BDS (Boycott the Jews) members of Congress such as AOC, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib support an Israeli vaccine being available for their constituents? Here thinks not.

Coronavirus vaccine race: Israel to begin human testing by October

‘We will start safety and efficacy trials after the holidays, but we have a product in hand,’ says IIBR head Prof. Shmuel Shapira.

By Jerusalem Post, August 6, 2020

The Israel Institute for Biological Research will begin testing its vaccine for the novel coronavirus on humans by October, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz visited the IIBR on Thursday for an update on advances in its vaccine and antigen against the novel coronavirus.

“Experiments on humans should begin after the High Holidays,” Gantz said. “First of all, I would like to thank you – the people in the Defense Ministry and the people at the institute, who are doing a fantastic job.”
He said that the human trials would be conducted in collaboration with the Health Ministry and “according to all the processes required in terms of medical safety.”
Prof. Shmuel Shapira said that IIBR “set off six months ago” to develop the vaccine, adding that now it has developed “an excellent vaccine.”
“We will start safety and efficacy trials after the holidays,” Shapira continued, “but we have a product in hand.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed the institute to begin working on a vaccine and antigens for the novel coronavirus at the start of the pandemic. Netanyahu, who spoke with Shapira by video conference on Thursday, said he hopes the vaccine will be available for use by the end of the first quarter of 2021.

Later, at a press conference from Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Netanyahu explained that human trials would run in three stages, with trials first on 100 people, then 1,000 and finally 30,000. He said the first two stages should be completed by the end of this year.
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