Israel to start human COVID-19 vaccine trials
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Israel to start human COVID-19 vaccine trials

Institute for Biological Research to launch crucial next stage of fight against pandemic that’s claimed 565 Israeli lives.

Israel will begin human trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine after the High Holy Days, defence minister Benny Gantz said.

Gantz said he saw the “progress” made by Israel’s Institute for Biological Research during a visit on Thursday to the bio-chemical defence laboratory, which is under the jurisdiction of the PM’s office.

“Many thanks to the people of the institute, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Health. We will continue to make every effort to bring great news to humanity,” he wrote on Twitter.

Israel has seen a total of 78,514 cases, according to John Hopkins University, which is based in the United States.

More than 165 possible vaccines are being developed around the world, with 28 human trials, according to the New York Times.

In the UK, coronavirus vaccine trials are already underway at Imperial College London and Oxford University.

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