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‘Of Course, We Will Share It With The World’: Israel’s Ambassador To India On COVID-19 Breakthrough

On Monday (May 4), Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett announced a “significant breakthrough” by the country’s biological research institute in developing an antibody to COVID-19 infection

'Of Course, We Will Share It With The World': Israel's Ambassador To India On COVID-19 Breakthrough
Highlights
  • Israel had a breakthrough in developing an antibody to COVID-19 infection
  • Israel is at an advanced stage of developing an antibody
  • Antibody can neutralise virus within the bodies of those ill: Mr Bennett

New Delhi: Israel’s ambassador to India, Ron Malka on Wednesday (May 6) said that his country is an advanced stage of a breakthrough on developing an antibody to the novel coronavirus and is awaiting results of clinical trials. “The processes are not finalised, we are at an advanced stage, Yes, of course, we will share it with the world,” Mr Malka told ANI. The ambassador was responding to a question on whether clinical trials had begun and whether Israel was ready to share the know-how with others.

He added that it was “too early to know if it is ready for mass development.”

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Mr Malka also said that the coronavirus crisis has brought India and Israel closer with the two countries sharing their best practices in combating the COVID-19 and facilitating new processes.

On Monday (May 4), Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett announced a “significant breakthrough” by the country’s biological research institute in developing an antibody to COVID-19 infection.

I am proud of the Biological Institute staff who have made a major breakthrough, said Mr Bennett, adding that the antibody can neutralize the virus within the bodies of those ill.

However, Mr Bennett also said that further development can only be made after obtaining requisite approvals from regulatory agencies for therapeutic use in patients after sharing the results of human clinical trials.

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Also, according to recent Israeli media reports, the country is set to undertake a coronavirus antibody blood test among people to find out how widely the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has spread across its population.

Meanwhile, talking on the importance of testing and tracing, Israel’s envoy to India said “Significantly we have been able to increase the pace in testing. We can test in-home, drive-through, without engaging in touching. All this was developed and initiated during the crisis.”

Also, we have the technology to trace and diagnose and put in quarantine. We need to balance privacy we are democracy…but we have the technology to help and save people’s lives. It is under the supervision of the judiciary, the envoy said.

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Responding to concerns of privacy during contact tracing, the ambassador said: “If it is for a limited time people will give information because it will save lives. This technology traces people who are exposed, people understand that the data saves lives, and it is only for some time that this is needed.”

He also talked about various technological and innovative measures the country is employing to combat the virus: “We have offered 50 topics of cooperation in the sphere of COVID-19. For example, incubators start-ups can work on this. We are putting it as a top priority to enable prevention for anyone who wants to cooperate with equipment and devices to fight the virus. Israel has the technology to battle COVID-19 using UV light, 3-D printing of masks, anti-virus fabrics for clothes, and other needs.”

Israel Aerospace has teamed with Microsoft to make respirators – we have opened a source code, and everyone can produce it, he added.

Also Read: Potential Coronavirus Vaccine Enters Human Testing In The United States

Ambassador Malka said that Israel is cooperating with the world to defeat coronavirus by sharing data, artificial intelligence, and data analysis, which he said is one of his country’s advantages.

Previously, when the COVID-19 was still emerging, Israel was one of the first countries to employ full lockdown measures.

As more and more people are recovering in the country, it is starting to relax coronavirus restrictions while continuing “controlling supervising infection and working towards a cure.”

According to John Hopinks University, Israel has recorded 16,314 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 238 fatalities.

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World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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