Israel Aims to Develop a Vaccine against Coronavirus

Israel has officially asked Russia to participate in clinical trials of the Russian vaccine, in order to obtain it for its citizens and to develop it, according to what several health and medical sources told the Israeli media.

The Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein confirmed to the press about a week ago that the Hebrew state is studying President Vladimir Putin’s announcement about the first Coronavirus vaccine. He added that the Tel Aviv government has begun negotiations and cooperation with the Russians in order to obtain it.

Several countries have doubted the effectiveness and success of the vaccine which will be distributed to Russian citizens starting in September. These countries believe that Russia has been quick to announce this discovery before finishing all the experiments needed to ensure its effectiveness and recognize its side effects. Among these countries is France, whose health minister has stated that he does not trust the Russian vaccine and that his country is waiting for the results from the major laboratories in order to obtain it the following autumn or the first season next year at the latest. Similarly, the German health ministry has doubted the “type, effectiveness and safety” of the Russian vaccine, as has the United States, which has stated through Dr Antony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, that it doubts the safety of the Russian vaccine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) followed the lead of these doubtful countries, stating in a statement reported by the international media that vaccine results cannot be produced until they have been reviewed and evaluated. The WHO said it cannot evaluate the vaccine because of a lack of information from Russia, saying that Russia has not shared any detailed studies about the results of its experiments proving the vaccine’s efficacy. The WHO said the technique Russia used to develop the vaccine is the same one that researchers at the British University of Oxford followed and were close to finding the vaccine.

In Morocco, the Minister of Health confirmed that the kingdom is participating in clinical trials of the Coronavirus vaccine in order to obtain it in a timely manner without specifying whether it is the Russian vaccine or the one announced by China a few days ago.

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