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FACT CHECK: No, Israel has not discovered a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.

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The claim that Israel has discovered a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is false. 

Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, many unverified are doing rounds on social media, including that Israel has discovered a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. 

A twitter user shared a collage of three pictures with a text message written that reads as, "No More Coronavirus Deaths." with "God bless Israelites, they have discovered the vaccine for coronaviruses."

Another user wrote, "For all you brilliant socialists out there. Have you happened to notice where the vaccines for the Corona Virus are being developed? It isn’t Cuba. Or Venezuela. Or Canada. Or England. They are being developed in Israel and the United States."

A number of other posts have shared information on similar lines

The truth behind the claim

The World Health Organisation has made it clear that currently there is no vaccine to tackle the novel coronavirus that has spread to over 100 countries and infected over 130,000 people.

According to experts, the mass-produced vaccine will be ready by mid next year.

However, Israel is among the countries where research for a COVID-19 vaccine is taking place. MIGAL Research Institute in Israel issued a press release in February that said that they are working towards developing a COVID-19 vaccine and they have had a breakthrough.

They have created a vaccine against avian coronavirus Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV), which affects poultry and this vaccine has already passed the clinical tests at the Israeli Veterinary Institute. The press release states that this vaccine will be "adapted soon and create a human vaccine against COVID-19."

 The University of Nebraska in the US has recruited its first volunteers to test Remdesivir, an antiviral drug that was developed for Ebola. These volunteers had tested positive for COVID-19 on the cruise ship Diamond Princess. Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute is recruiting healthy people, not those infected with the virus, for their study.

There is an acceleration in the process of vaccine development. However, U.S. researchers have given the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine on 16th March leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges. With this, the trial of the vaccine has started.

In conclusion, the claim that Israel has discovered a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is false. 

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