In a major breakthrough, Israel claims to have produced a vaccine to cure the novel coronavirus.
Naftali Bennett, Israel’s defense minister, claims and said he witnessed a “significant breakthrough” in the production of an antibody to COVID-19 by Israel’s defense biological research center, as the researchers wrapped up the development process and switched to patenting and mass producing possible therapy.
“I am proud of the institute staff for this terrific breakthrough,” said Bennett. “Their creativity and the Jewish mind brought about this amazing achievement.”
Earlier at an international donor conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised $60 million to raise funds for the joint fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Media reports say about 100 research groups around the world are investigating vaccines, with about a dozen in the early stages of clinical trials or ready to begin.
National-security and global-health experts are increasingly worried in another study that China may be the first to produce a COVID-19 vaccine where the virus first appeared.
As President Donald Trump is taking an increasingly hard-line approach towards Beijing, if China first produces a vaccine and wants to restrict access, the US may be at a significant disadvantage.
Moreover, it is important to note that only months earlier, when the US and China signed a trade deal, which was supposed to alleviate tensions in America during the election year, the US president is now exploring alternatives and seeking ways to punish China for coronavirus.