Amid the outbreak of WHO declared pandemic COVID-19, that has claimed more than 6,000 lives across the globe till now, a post is going viral on social media claiming Israel has developed a vaccine for the COVID-19.
“NO MORE CORONA VIRUS DEATH: God bless Israelites. Finally, they have discovered vaccine for Corona viruses. COVID-19, ” the caption claimed.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claim to be false.
We ran a Google search and found several reports stating that Israel’s state-funded MIGAL Research Institute announced that they are a step closer to developing a vaccine for COVID-19 and if things go as planned, the vaccine would be ready in few weeks.
According to the article, the institute has been working for four years toward a vaccine that could be customized for various viruses.
In a press release dated Feb 27, 2020, MIGAL Research Institute said that the vaccine is developed right now is an effective vaccine against avian coronavirus Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV), a disease affecting poultry. The press release said that the same vaccine will soon be adapted to create a vaccine for COVID-19.
Moreover, according to the WHO website, “to date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).”
Thus, from the above information, we can conclude.
- The vaccine developed by MIGAL Research Institute is from is for poultry animals and not humans. However, they will try to adapt it and develop a vaccine for COVID-19 which might take a few weeks.
- According to WHO, to date, there are no known medical remedies to prevent COVID-19.
Hence, the above viral post is false.
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