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'Coronavirus cure to be available in few weeks'

by Mandla Ndlovu
29 Feb 2020 at 07:07hrs | Views
A group of Jewish scientist have reported that the vaccine for the coronavirus will be available in 90 days after it has gone through all the clinical tests.

According to the Jewish Post, Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis said, "Congratulations to MIGAL [The Galilee Research Institute] on this exciting breakthrough. I am confident there will be further rapid progress, enabling us to provide a needed response to the grave global COVID-19 threat."

The paper quoted a Dr. Chen Katz, MIGAL's biotechnology group leader who said, "Our basic concept was to develop the technology and not specifically a vaccine for this kind or that kind of virus. The scientific framework for the vaccine is based on a new protein expression vector, which forms and secretes a chimeric soluble protein that delivers the viral antigen into mucosal tissues by self-activated endocytosis, causing the body to form antibodies against the virus.

"All we need to do is adjust the system to the new sequence," he said. "We are in the middle of this process, and hopefully in a few weeks we will have the vaccine in our hands. Yes, in a few weeks, if it all works, we would have a vaccine to prevent coronavirus."

South Africa recently announced that two of its citizens based in Japan have tested positive for the virus and in Nigeria one Italian citizen tested positive.

Zimbabwe is currently monitoring one case of suspected infection.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently pledged to support China in fighting the virus.

Source - Byo24News