Israel to begin human trials of coronavirus vaccine

Israel to begin human trials of coronavirus vaccine
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 25 October 2020

Israel to begin human trials of coronavirus vaccine

Israel to begin human trials of coronavirus vaccine
  • “This is a day of hope for the citizens of Israel,” said Defense Minister Benny Gantz

JERUSALEM: The state-run Israel Institute for Biological Research announced Sunday that researchers will begin human testing on its coronavirus vaccine next week.
The institute said clinical tests on an initial group of 80 people would begin Nov. 1. The testing is to expand to a second phase of 960 people in December, with a third and final phase of 30,000 people next April or May depending on the results of the earlier phases.
“I believe in the abilities of our scientists and I am confident that we can produce a safe and effective vaccine,” said Dr. Shmuel Shapira, director of the institute.
He said the goal is to produce 15 million doses “for the benefit of the residents of the state of Israel and our close neighbors.” He did not elaborate.
The institute is run by the Defense Ministry. “This is a day of hope for the citizens of Israel,” said Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
Over 40 coronavirus vaccine candidates are in clinical trials worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
Israel, a country of about 9 million people, has reported over 300,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 2,400 deaths.


UAE records 3,453 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

UAE records 3,453 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths
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UAE records 3,453 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

UAE records 3,453 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths
  • The health ministry said the total number of recorded cases since the pandemic began stands at 253,261 cases
  • The country has also confirmed the recovery of 3,268 patientscoro

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 3,453 new COVID-19 infections after carrying out 162,251 additional tests in the past 24 hours, state news agency WAM reported.
The health ministry said the total number of recorded cases since the pandemic began stands at 253,261 cases.
It added that five people have died from virus complications, raising the fatality rate to 745.
The country has also confirmed the recovery of 3,268 patients, bringing the total number of those free from the virus to 225,374.