Israeli Defense Ministry spokesperson reported that researchers at the Israel Institute for Biological Research identified two antiviral drugs as an effective treatment for COVID-19.
– One, an FDA-approved drug and the second, already in the advanced stages of the approval process.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
As part of the wide-ranging efforts of the Israel Institute for Biological Research to identify antiviral drugs for COVID-19, scientists have tested an analogue of the FDA-approved Cerdelga drug, and an analogue of a second drug that is currently in advanced stages of the approval process, an Israeli Defense Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.
Treatment of a new disease such as COVID-19 using an existing, approved drug may serve as an effective short-term solution considering that one of the major challenges in addressing such a pandemic is the length of time it takes for both the research and approval phases of new drugs. Continue Reading »
Prof. Dror Harats, the head of research at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer says the union with the U.S. National Institute of Health will expedite efforts that “lead to a vaccine and saving lives.”
By Maytal Yasur Beit-Or
Israel’s Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer will be teaming up with the US National Institute of Health (NIH) to find a vaccine for coronavirus.
According to the plan, Sheba will send the NIH’s Vaccine Research Center samples of blood, plasma, and the virus itself taken from corona patients examined in Israel, as well as all relevant information the hospital collects during the clinical studies it runs itself and in conjunction with international pharmaceutical companies. Continue Reading »
What originally started as an Israeli startup, quickly became a commercial business manufacturing anti-viral face masks with a unique anti-pathogen fabric for the U.S. market by using sound waves to infuse nanoparticles into the fabric.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN
The Israeli startup Sonovia, which sped up efforts to manufacture masks using its anti-pathogen fabric at the start of the coronavirus crisis in Israel, has launched commercial sales.
The company’s technology is based on a lab-scale sonochemical process that was developed at Bar-Ilan University. Sonovia started manufacturing its product in March at a plant near Nahariya when Israel had only 200 patients, and has sold 30,000 masks. Continue Reading »
According to a statement by Israel’s Defense Ministry, the Israel Institute for Biological Research “is the first institution to achieve a scientific breakthrough that meets all three” of the parameters needed.
– Collaborating with the town of Yeroham, a planned vaccine production facility will ensure Israeli self-sufficiency for both regular routine vaccinations and in cases of a pandemic.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN, ANNA AHRONHEIM, IDAN ZONSHINE
The Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) has completed a groundbreaking scientific development, identifying an antibody that neutralizes the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, according to a statement by the Defense Ministry.
“I am proud of the Biological Institute staff, who have made a major breakthrough,” said Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday after visiting the Ness Ziona-based lab. Continue Reading »
In the first rice donation from a foreign diplomatic agency in Vietnam to those affected by the pandemic, the Israeli Embassy donates 3 kgs (almost 7 pounds) of rice to each person who lost their job due to the coronavirus outbreak, enough to feed their families for a week.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The Israeli Embassy in Vietnam has donated one ton of rice to the needy in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital.
Nadav Ashkar, the Israeli ambassador handing out food. – Photo: Israeli Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam
Hundreds of needy, most of whom have lost their sources of income due to the coronavirus epidemic, have received three kilograms (almost seven pounds) of rice, enabling them to feed their families for a week. Continue Reading »
The Israeli masks, with sizes to fit adults, kids or men with full beards, are made of high-density cotton which can be disinfected in a 60° C laundry cycle for almost unlimited reuse, as global demand has made single-use masks scarce, or too overpriced.
Israel is heading off shortages of disposable surgical masks during the coronavirus crisis by mass-producing washable versions sized to fit everyone from children to bearded men who shun shaving due to their religion.
As part of stepped-up precautions against the virus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Sunday made it compulsory for Israelis to cover their mouths and noses while in public. Continue Reading »
Forbes published its comprehensive study ranking how 60 countries are dealing with the coronavirus, determining Israel is the safest country in the world to be in fighting against the pandemic.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
A study published in Forbes Magazine presents a comprehensive analysis examining the steps taken in various countries around the world as part of the fight against the spread of the Corona virus.
In the study, 60 countries are ranked according to different factors, including safety, risk level, treatment efficacy, and government support for people affected by the economic impact of the virus.
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A police officer mans a checkpoint at the entrance to Bnei Brak.-
According to preliminary data provided by the Haifa-based company, not only have all six of the critically ill coronavirus patients that were treated survived, but four of them showed improvement in respiratory parameters.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN
Six critically ill coronavirus patients in Israel who are considered high-risk for mortality have been treated with Pluristem’s placenta-based cell-therapy product and survived, according to preliminary data provided by the Haifa-based company.
The patients were treated at three different Israeli medical centers for one week under the country’s compassionate use program and were suffering from acute respiratory failure and inflammatory complications associated with COVID-19. Continue Reading »
Dealers delivering marijuana to clients that are forced to remain home under coronavirus restrictions say delivery outfits, such as Wolt or Gett, allow them unhampered movement by the police at security road-blocks.
By Asaf Kamer, Adam Kotev
Drug rings in the Tel Aviv area have been adapting to the new reality of coronavirus guidelines with a cunning means of disguise – donning the uniforms of a food delivery service.
With Israel on increasingly stringent lockdown, staff for takeaway delivery services such as Wolt or Gett are among the few who can move around freely without attracting too much police attention. Continue Reading »
Travel restrictions dictated by the gov’t to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak have caused Israel’s fuel prices to nosedive, reaching prices not seen since 2009.
Israel’s Energy Ministry announced that fuel prices will fall to the lowest price in over a decade, beginning Tuesday at midnight.
According to the Energy Ministry’s updated fuel prices for the month of April, the price per liter of 95 octane gasoline will drop by NIS 1.03 (¢ 0.29), bringing the total cost to NIS 4.89 ($1.37), a 17.4-percent decline since March.
Getting the car fueled with cheap gasoline. [Illustrative photo]
Fuel prices in Eilat will also fall next month to NIS 4.18 ($1.17) per liter. Continue Reading »
To divert attention from their gross mismanagement, Hamas launched a rocket into Israel, then, for personal political gain, the PA Prime Minister falsely accused the IDF of purposely infecting Palestinian civilians with the coronavirus. All that as Israel transferred millions of shekels, tons of medicines and truckloads of equipment to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Israel Kasnett, JNS & Israel Hayom Staff
In just the last month alone, Israel transferred millions of shekels to the Palestinian Authority and has facilitated the entry of thousands of Palestinian workers into Israel so they can work. It has expedited the transfer of equipment to the Gaza Strip to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic there. Continue Reading »
Israel gets top global rating for promoting health and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Deep Knowledge Group website.
By United with Israel Staff
The Deep Knowledge group put Israel in first place among countries around the world when it comes to promoting safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s media adviser announced Tuesday.
The Deep Knowledge Group is “an investment fund focused on AI and DeepTech, which values knowledge above profit,” its website says.
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Philanthropist and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, donates 2 million face masks to New York & Nevada hospitals from which 250K of the masks will go to the Trump administration’s program to assist health workers.
By Marcy Oster/JTA
Billionaire casino magnate and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson has donated about 2 million face masks to hospitals and first responders in New York and Nevada.
The Jewish Insider website first reported the donation, citing an unnamed source close to Adelson.
The masks were made in China and paid for by Adelson.
Some 250,000 of the masks will go to the Trump administration’s program to assist health workers. Continue Reading »
US President Trump’s initial instinct to assess the pandemic as less lethal caught many by surprise, but he wasn’t wrong about corona death rates says an Israeli medical engineer whose team developed predictive protocols that helped curb the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic for African nations.
By Israel Today Staff
US President Donald Trump came under intense criticism for his initial dismissal of the coronavirus as little more than a bad flu outbreak. But an Israeli expert says Trump wasn’t far off the truth, at least in regards to expected fatality rates.
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Dr. Dan Yamim, Head of Laboratory for Epidemic Modeling & Analysis (LEMA), Tel-Aviv University.
Rabid anti-Israel politician claims, “We were exposed to testimonies that some of the (Israeli) soldiers are trying to spread the virus on car handles.”
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh on Sunday accused IDF soldiers of deliberately spreading the novel coronavirus among the West Bank’s Palestinian population.
In the latest iteration of an ongoing and long-standing blood libel, Shtayyeh claimed, “We were exposed to testimonies that some of the (Israeli) soldiers are trying to spread the virus on car handles.”
Car door handle – Photo: [Illustrative] Amazon
The firebrand politician cited racism as the main motive behind the soldiers’ actions. Continue Reading »