Israel makes 'significant breakthrough' in developing antibodies for COVID-19

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: May 06, 2020, 07:16 AM(IST)

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The researchers have wrapped up the development phase and moved to patent and mass produce the potential treatment.

Israel has made ''significant breakthrough'' in developing an antibody against the deadly coronavirus, according to the country's Defence Minister Naftali Bennett.

The antibody has been developed by the scientists of the country’s main biological research institute, Institute for Biological Research (IIBR).

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The researchers have wrapped up the development phase and moved to patent and mass produce the potential treatment.

Bennett visited the labs of the institute supervised by the Prime Minister’s Office and mandated to develop a vaccine for coronavirus in Ness Ziona.

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He was shown the ''antibody that attacks the virus in a monoclonal way and can neutralize it within the bodies of those ill'', a statement from his office said.

The statement said that the antibody’s development had been completed and that the institute was in the process of patenting the find ''and in the next stage, researchers will approach international companies to produce the antibody on a commercial scale.''

''I am proud of the institute staff for this terrific breakthrough,'' Bennett said, adding that ''their creativity and the Jewish mind brought about this amazing achievement.''

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