COVID-19: Israeli Vaccine Rumor

Published on February 27, 2020

Rumors are swirling about a Jerusalem Post article claiming Israeli scientists are “on the cusp” of developing a coronavirus vaccine, one which will be ready within three weeks and available for distribution in 90 days.

Dr. Sarah Zaidi, Sc.D., M.Sc., the public health scientist with whom SGH has worked on our recent COVID-19 updates, has this to say about the story:

The scientists might discover the compounds and structure for the vaccine but it would need to be tested in animals and humans. The process takes time and even in urgent situations would take a year or more. If the vaccine proves effective then it would need to be manufactured on a large scale and distributed. [There would be] many steps before it reaches people. We still don’t have a vaccine for SARS. But there are potential compounds currently being considered for current virus. 

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