In a significant development in the war against coronavirus pandemic, the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) has claimed to have developed a coronavirus vaccine prototype.

The institute’s director, Shmuel Shapira, informed this to the country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday. Shmuel says that they have already started testing the prototype at their bio-chemical defense laboratory. While Netanyahu’s office only confirmed the vaccine was ready for testing, the international news agency, Reuters, reported cited sources that the trial already began on rodents. In rare public comment, the facility’s chief innovation officer Eran Zahavy said that they are also researching other potential treatments to the virus.

IIBR, known for making biochemical weapons for Israel, started focusing on the development of anti-coronavirus vaccine on special directives from the prime minister in early February.


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