Israel Isolates Antibody That Can ‘Neutralise’ the Coronavirus

Israel Isolates Antibody That Can ‘Neutralise’ the Coronavirus

Published05 May 2020, 11:30 AM IST
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In a "significant breakthrough", Israel has successfully isolated a coronavirus antibody that can counterbalance the virus in a patient's body.

Israel's defence minister on Monday, 4 May said, Monoclonal neutralising antibody can neutralise COVID-19 inside carriers' bodies, reported The New York Times.

The statement released by the defence minister added that when he visited Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR), he was briefed about this new development in the direction of combating the coronavirus.

It also quoted the director of IIBR, Shmuel Shapira saying the formula found was being patented. An international manufacturer will be contacted to mass-produce it.

IIBR is spearheading Israeli efforts to find a treatment and vaccine for the coronavirus.

The institute is also involved in collecting plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19.

Earlier the defence ministry of Israel had rejected the claims made by some media reports about a potential vaccine found by IIBR. The ministry had said,

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