The novel coronavirus is rapidly spreading its fang globally and has already led to more than 2,58,344 deaths and 3.66 million positive cases. Yes, that is a huge number and will most likely continue to rise in the coming days. Even though the countries across the globe have closed their borders and continue to take stringent measures (including a complete lockdown) to contain the spread of this highly infectious virus, the flattening of the curve is yet to be seen.
In the United States, COVID-19 has caused more than 68,000 fatalities and the number of positive cases has touched almost 1.2 million. Italy, on the other hand, remains one of the worst-hit nations in the world with 2,13,013 positive cases
While multiple research groups are developing potential vaccines, Italian scientists have claimed to develop a vaccine that has successfully generated antibodies in mice that work on human cells. The vaccine has been tested in the Spallanzani Hospital hospital in Rome. It is said to be one of the most advanced stages of testing of a potential vaccine in the country as the vaccine neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 in the human cells.
Yesterday, Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett announced the country had a remarkable breakthrough in the development of COVID-19 vaccine. He said that Israel’s Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) has developed a monoclonal neutralising antibody, which will effectively neutralise novel coronavirus in the body of the carriers. Bennet stated that Italian researchers have made a ‘significant breakthrough’ in developing an antibody to combat novel coronavirus. He was quoted as saying, “I am proud of the institute staff for this terrific breakthrough.”