British-Israeli project aims to identify anti-Covid-19 drug in ‘weeks’


Israeli and British scientist are pioneering a revolutionary method of scientific research that could see a candidate for an anti-coronavirus drug emerge “within weeks”.

The teams at the Weizmann Institute for Science in Israel and the Diamond Light Source laboratory in Oxfordshire, which are together pioneering an “open” and fast research method, outlined their current findings and research plans in a discussion hosted by Weizmann UK on Thursday.  

Weizmann is seeking to “expedite drug discovery,” to a “short time-scale where we can have an effect on the status of the coronavirus,” he said.  “We want to develop a cheap and safe antiviral faster than the typical anti-viral drug pipeline,” said Nir London, who is leading the team at Weizmann that is searching for a drug candidate.