Israeli institute reports "significant progress" towards COVID-19 vaccine

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-01 01:31:06|Editor: huaxia

JERUSALEM, March 31 (Xinhua) -- "Significant progress" has been made in developing the vaccine and antibody for the novel coronavirus, according to a statement released by Israel's Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday.

According to the statement, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Shmuel Shapira, director general of the government's Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR), who updated the prime minister on the progress in the IIBR research and development efforts.

Shapira told Netanyahu that there has been significant progress in planning for the vaccine and added that preparations are now being made for a model for starting experimentation on animals.

IIBR, founded in 1952 and located in the city of Ness Ziona, deals with applied research in the fields of biology, microbiology, medical chemistry, natural sciences and environmental sciences.