Israel names its vaccine candidate: Brilife

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The Israel Institute for Biological Research announced Monday that it has named its coronavirus vaccine candidate Brilife.

The “bri” is the first part of the Hebrew word for health; the “il” stands for Israel and “life,” explained IIBR director-general Prof. Shmuel Shapira.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz visited the institute in Ness Ziona on Monday to receive an update on the vaccine’s progress. He was informed that the team is on schedule to start Phase 1 human trials at the end of the month.

Gantz said that if the process is successful it stands to benefit the entire State of Israel and possibly the whole world.

Phase 1 human trials are expected to take place at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem and Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.

Earlier this month, the hospitals told The Jerusalem Post that they had begun recruitment of the first 100 health individuals who will participate in the trial. If the safety of the product is proven in Phase 1, another 1,000 people are expected to be recruited to take part in a Phase 2 study. That should happen sometime in the spring.

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