Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan, Minister, Coronavirus

Pakistan minister announces cash award for coronavirus vaccine inventor

A minister in Pakistan’s Sindh province, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, says the provincial government will give a cash award to anyone creating vaccine against coronavirus.

The announcement by the minister surprised many at the local level.

Similarly, Federal Minister for Science and Technology took a jibe at the minister saying “Vaccine inventor will make that much money that he/she can actually help Sindh Govt to correct economic mess created by PPP.”

Meanwhile, Scientists in Israel are expected to announce in the coming days that they have completed development of a vaccine for the new coronavirus COVID-19, according to a media report here, said a report by TOI.

Quoting medical sources, Israeli daily Ha’aretz, reported on March 12 that scientists at the Israel’s Institute for Biological Research, supervised by the Prime Minister’s office, have recently had a significant breakthrough in understanding the biological mechanism and qualities of the virus, including better diagnostic capability, production of antibodies for those who already have the virus and development of a vaccine.

The development process, however, requires a series of tests and experiments that may last many months before the vaccination is deemed effective or safe to use, the report said.

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