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Israel’s domestic vaccine expected to be ready for public by summer, report says

23 9 13

Israel’s domestically produced coronavirus vaccine will likely be ready for the public by the summer, according to a Friday report.

The vaccine, called Brilife, was developed by the Defense Ministry’s Institute for Biological Research. The first phase of clinical trials began earlier this month.

The volunteers who have received the vaccine in the trials have not experienced side effects, Friday’s Channel 12 report said, without citing its sources.

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Some 15 million shots are already being produced, in the hope that the trial goes smoothly.

The Channel 12 report also said health officials are continuing to investigate Russia’s vaccine, called Sputnik V, and are currently against administering it to the public due to possible risks.

The first phase of Brilife’s clinical trial is expected to last roughly a month and will involve some 80 volunteers ages 18 to 55.

The second phase in December will test roughly 1,000 volunteers ages 18 to 85 at eight hospitals around the country. In this phase, volunteers with preexisting conditions will be allowed to participate.

If that larger group responds well to the vaccine and antibodies are detected in their blood, injections will then be given........

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