Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the breakthrough is a big step forward.
“Like all countries, Israel is now trying to find the right balance between protecting the health of our citizens by preventing another spike in infections, and enabling the reopening of our economy, but, ultimately, to ensure both the public health and national prosperity, we must all work together on improving diagnostics, accelerating therapies and ultimately developing a vaccine,” he said.
“I am confident that Israel’s leading research institutions, its world renowned scientists and our unique culture of innovation can enable us to play an important role in advancing solutions on all three fronts.
“We hope to work with other countries to leverage our unique capabilities to find solutions for the benefit of all.”
Israel has had more than 16,000 cases of COVID-19, and more than 200 deaths.
The country’s health minister was diagnosed with coronavirus last month, but has since recovered.
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