Defense bio research center making ‘significant progress’ on vaccine
In Israel - the country’s defense biological research institute has made progress in developing a vaccine against COVID-19 and is scheduled to start testing on animals shortly. In a statement on Tuesday, the Prime Minister’s office said that the head of the defense facility, Professor Shmuel Shapira, updated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the institute’s progress in developing a vaccine. In early February, before the virus reached Israel, Netanyahu instructed the Israel Institute for Biological Research, a secretive unit that works under his office, to work to create a vaccine against the virus and to establish a vaccine factory. The biological institute is a world-renowned research and development agency, which relies on experienced researchers and scientists - there are now more than 50 experienced scientists working there.