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Israeli scientists claim to have found cure for CoronaVirus, research results on birds

Israeli scientists claim to have found cure for CoronaVirus, research results on birds
Amidst the chaos of the rapidly spreading Coronavirus around the world, there is an atmosphere of panic, in this atmosphere of fear, a ray of hope rises across Israel. Israel says it has successfully treated the coronavirus. On Thursday, a group of researchers from northern Israel said they had made a "scientific breakthrough" in the treatment of coronaviruses, according to Hamodia News.

Israeli scientists claim to have found cure for CoronaVirus, research results on birds

Israeli scientists have announced that a new vaccine they had developed for a deadly poultry virus could be adapted for human use against the new coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV and the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

This coronavirus causes the disease called COVID-19, which has claimed the lives of more than 3,100 people worldwide, mainly in China, and was contracted by more than 91,000 people on March 3.

Researchers from the MIGAL Galilee Research Institute gave this information at a press conference. He said that we were successful when we investigated the coronavirus in birds. During treatment, we found that the birds infected with the coronavirus recovered. According to the researchers, the peculiarity is that the basic infection with the coronavirus and the effect models in birds and humans are similar.

Scientists at the Migal Research Institute in the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona said Thursday, that after four years of multidisciplinary research, they had developed a vaccine against infectious bronchitis virus (VBI), an avian coronavirus that affects the respiratory tract, intestine, kidneys and reproductive systems of domestic birds. The disease causes "notable economic losses for the poultry industry by inducing respiratory and reproductive signs, reducing productive performance and increased mortality," according to a 2019 veterinary study. It has been tested in preclinical veterinary trials, Migal said in the announcement.

Migal is the regional R&D center of the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology in the Galilee region and is owned by Galilee Development Company Ltd. The institute specializes in biotechnology, IT, precision agriculture, environmental sciences, food, nutrition, and health.

He said the genetic structure of the virus has been found in birds and humans. He said that the treatment developed for birds can be applied to humans and believes that an effective treatment for humans can be developed within three months. "Human coronavirus infection needs an immediate solution and we are working 24 hours to do this," said David Zigdon, director of operations at the institute. The solution we are developing against the COVID-19 virus has proven effective and we believe that a version for human treatment can be ready in eight to 10 weeks.

This will be followed after a 90-day trial period to ensure safety. The treatment we have for birds, we will give as medicine and do the same for humans.

Dr. Ehud Shahar, head of the immunology group of the coronavirus research team at Migal, says the team was working on a series of vaccine platforms, one of which was avian coronavirus, when the new epidemic of human coronavirus started and then spread.

"It's a bit like the fate we were working on this coronavirus vaccine at the same time that the world was suddenly affected by this coronavirus epidemic for humans," he says.

Dr. Ehud Shahar said: "We have four years of research behind us and we are sure that we have a concept of a good vaccine that really works."

Israeli scientists claim to have found cure for CoronaVirus, research results on birds

Israeli Minister of Science and Technology, Ofir Akunis, congratulated Migal for this "exciting breakthrough" and said he was "sure there will be faster progress, which will allow us to give a necessary response to the serious COVID-19" threat global.

Akunis said he had instructed the director-general of the ministry to speed up all approval processes to get the human vaccine to market "as soon as possible".


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