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Greece to Test Israeli Covid-19 Drug

Greece to test Israeli drug
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Greece will take part in the trials for an Israeli treatment for COVID-19, following the meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday.

The Jerusalem Post reports that during the press conference with Mitsotakis, Netanyahu held up a vial of what he called a “miracle drug.”

He added: “If you’re infected by corona and are seriously ill and have a lung problem, take this, inhale it, and you come out feeling good.”

Netanyahu said that earlier in the day he met with Prof. Nadir Arber, who developed the new treatment — called EXO-CD24 — and one of the first things Mitsotakis asked was whether Greece could take part in the clinical trials.

The Greek leader said he was “very happy to have discussed the issue of this new drug that caught the attention of the international press.”

Vaccination certificate

The Israeli and Greek tourism ministers also signed an agreement that would allow tourism exchanges between the countries for people who have been vaccinated against coronavirus, without requiring a quarantine period.

Mitsotakis said: “Once you lift your travel restrictions, we will be able to let Israeli tourists visit Greece without any additional restrictions.”

The Greek Prime Minister said he has been a major proponent of a digital vaccination certificate within the EU, but that he wants the same for third parties, as well.

“I anticipate Israel being the first country to be able to offer such a certificate for travel to Greece, because you have been able to vaccinate a larger portion of the population and are moving at a faster pace,” he explained.

“I am very much looking forward to making these vaccination certificates that will allow you to enter the country.”

“Assuming that we can overcome the regulatory hurdles, Greece would be happy to participate in clinical trials,” Mitsotakis added. “We would all be very relieved if we could find a drug that could cure the disease itself.”

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