Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said on Tuesday that Israel is studying Russia’s claim to have developed a coronavirus vaccine.

“We have already scheduled meetings over the vaccine in Russia. If we are convinced that this is a serious product, then we will also try to enter negotiations,” said Edelstein, according to Ynet. Edelstein added that in any event, a vaccine reaching the Israeli public is still far off.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the Russian Health Ministry had approved the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine, produced by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow.

The vaccine was approved after less than two months of human trials, but Putin claimed his daughter had already taken it, the BBC reported. The report also said that experts are worried that Russia could have rushed to approve the vaccine without adequate testing.

Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision

One of the most intriguing stories of the sudden Coronavirus crisis is the role of the internet. With individuals forced into home quarantine, most are turning further online for information, education and social interaction.

JNS's influence and readership are growing exponentially, and our positioning sets us apart. Most Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas. JNS is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

During this crisis, JNS continues working overtime. We are being relied upon to tell the story of this crisis as it affects Israel and the global Jewish community, and explain the extraordinary political developments taking place in parallel.

Our ability to thrive in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters. Monthly donations in particular go a long way in helping us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make during these challenging times. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you blessings for good health and peace of mind.