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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
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Coronavirus drug  EXO-CD24 developed at Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv

Bolsonaro seeks Israeli anti-Covid nasal spray for Brazil

Ichilov Medical Center researcher Prof. Nadir Arber reports that he had administered the spray to 30 patients with moderate to severe coronavirus cases, and that 29 of them had been released from the hospital in three to five days

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Published: 02.15.21 , 21:56
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Monday his government would seek emergency use authorization for an Israeli-developed nasal spray against Covid-19 that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as a "miracle" treatment.
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  • "EXO-CD24 is a nasal spray developed by the Ichilov Medical Center in Israel, with nearly 100-percent effectiveness -- 29 out of 30 -- against Covid in serious cases," Bolsonaro tweeted, two days after speaking on the phone with Netanyahu, who calls the Brazilian far-right leader a "good friend."
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    התרופה EXO-CD24 של בית החולים איכילוב
    התרופה EXO-CD24 של בית החולים איכילוב
    Coronavirus drug EXO-CD24 developed at Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv
    (Photo: Yuval Hei)
    "A request to analyze this medication for emergency use will be sent shortly to (federal health regulator) Anvisa," Bolsonaro wrote.
    Ichilov Medical Center announced two weeks ago that one of its researchers had carried out Phase One testing -- typically the first of three phases of clinical trials -- on a nasal spray he developed against respiratory symptoms linked to Covid-19.
    The researcher, Prof. Nadir Arber, reported he had administered the spray to 30 patients with moderate to severe cases of Covid-19, and that 29 of them had been released from hospital in three to five days.
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    פרופ' נדיר ארבר עם התרופה שהמציא נגד הקורונה
    פרופ' נדיר ארבר עם התרופה שהמציא נגד הקורונה
    Professor Nadir Arber of Ichilov Medical Center
    (Photo: Yuval Hen)
    But the medical center did not say whether a placebo had been given to a control group, and has yet to publish its findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
    In order to be accepted as effective by scientists, new treatments must generally undergo randomized, controlled, blind clinical trials that are then shared in a research publication.
    However, that did not stop Netanyahu from hailing EXO-CD24 as a "miracle" drug last week.
    Bolsonaro, too, has been eager to embrace experimental treatments against Covid-19, even when health experts question them.
    A fierce critic of lockdown measures, which he says unnecessarily harm the economy, he has instead fervently pushed the anti-malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to fight Covid-19.
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    נשיא ברזיל ז'איר בולסונרו
    נשיא ברזיל ז'איר בולסונרו
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
    (Photo: Reuters)
    He took the latter himself when he tested positive last July, despite scientists' findings that the two drugs are ineffective against the new coronavirus.
    Bolsonaro has sought to cultivate close ties with Netanyahu.
    In one of his first moves after winning election in 2018, he vowed to follow the lead of his political role model, then-U.S. President Donald Trump, and move Brazil's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem -- despite Palestinian claims to parts of the city.

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