In the race for a coronavirus vaccine, first doesn’t mean best

About 120 research groups from various countries are racing to develop vaccines for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19). Several formulations have already advanced to human safety trials. Although the frontrunners in this race are American, British, Chinese, Japanese and German, Israel also has a few contenders. See our companion story, “6 coronavirus vaccine developments from Israel to…

Coexistence in the COVID Lab

Their achievements include helping develop a viral detection technique called SHERLOCK, or specific high-sensitivity enzymatic reporter unlocking. Using SHERLOCK, they worked with members of the Zhang lab on the test, which they compare to a pregnancy test. It can use either a nasal swab or saliva sample in detecting whether a person has the coronavirus….

What will the world look like after corona?

Israeli trend predicters and futurists tell us what to expect in the post-Covid world, from how we will buy to how we will fly. Feels like we all need a group hug as we get out of our homes and back to routine. But hugs and handshakes won’t return so quickly, and routines may never…

Coronavirus May Pose a New Risk to Younger Patients: Strokes

Doctors have reported a flurry of cases in Covid-19 patients — including a healthy 27-year-old emergency medical technician in Queens. After a month in the hospital, he is learning to walk again. Ravi Sharma was doubled over on his bed when his father found him. He’d had a bad cough for a week and had…

Israeli Researchers Develop Tech That Turns Tap Water Into A Strong Disinfectant

Israeli researchers have developed a method to produce tap water-based, environmentally safe but powerful disinfectants that can kill bacteria and viruses, including coronaviruses, according to an announcement by Bar Ilan University. The method was developed and patented by Dr. Eran Avraham, Dr. Izaak Cohen, and  Prof. Doron Aurbach, head of the electrochemistry group, at Bar…

When Can We Expect A Coronavirus Vaccine?

Most health experts agree that the need for a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 is clear. “To return to a semblance of previous normality, the development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines is an absolute necessity” is how a perspective in Science magazine puts it. So it’s hardly surprising that, around the world, anticipation is high. With more than 100 coronavirus vaccines under…

Is Sweden Doing It Right? by Thomas Friedman

April 28, 2020 President Trump has often described this pandemic as our “war” with an “invisible enemy” — the coronavirus. That war metaphor is wrong and misleading.   Wars are fought and won by humans. So, we could out-mobilize the Nazis and Japanese to win World War II. We could out-spend and out-innovate the Soviet…

Shopping for Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Information for Consumers

PHOTO COPYRIGHT:  Joshua E. Plaut, Ph.D.    As grocery shopping remains a necessity during this pandemic, many people have questions about how to shop safely. We want to reassure consumers that there is currently no evidence of human or animal food or food packaging being associated with transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This…