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Israeli start-up to open COVID-purifying air system innovation center in Ethiopia

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Agreement made on establishing Israeli production line, training center and clean air technologies that will benefit the African continent

By ILANIT CHERNICK

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Israeli start-up Aura Air made an agreement with several African countries this week about establishing an Israeli production line and innovation center for clean air technologies in Ethiopia.

The center will serve as the basis for carrying out other health projects around the continent including ways of fighting COVID-19 with the help of Israeli technologies.

As part of the meeting, Aura Air and the African ambassadors focused on methods of dealing with COVID-19 with the help of Israeli technologies. 

Ambassadors who took part included those from Ethiopia, Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique, and Zambia.

According to the start-up’s CEO and founder Aviad Shnaiderman, the ambassadors were presented with indoor air purification and disinfection systems that fight bacteria and viruses, among them COVID-19. 

“In addition, both parties held a discussion about how to apply the knowledge and developments in their own countries,” he said.

Shnaiderman made it clear that many countries around the world “are far from seeing the end of the COVID-19 era, and it’s still necessary to find ways to maintain a routine that includes indoor activities under the current circumstances.”

“During the year of the pandemic, we’ve installed thousands of systems that contributed to saving lives around the world,” he explained. “Most of our projects took place in the US, Europe, and the Far East.” 

Shnaiderman said that they are extremely happy “to be able to bring Israeli technological capabilities to counties in Africa as well and to assist them in the fight against COVID-19 and other diseases that are associated with polluted air.”

During the meeting, the African ambassadors explained what the state of their countries was in terms of morbidity and the measures in the struggle against COVID-19. 

Discussing how the air purification system works, Shnaiderman said that it “filters the air in closed spaces using four stages of filtration and unique technologies.” 

“[We] also conducted a study at Ramat Gan’s Sheba Medical Center in Israel, which found that the system has the ability to eliminate different viruses and bacteria at a rate of 99.97%,” he said. “The device’s mechanism is based on artificial intelligence that compares indoor air quality with that of the outdoors in a series of measures, thus detecting a decrease in its quality in advance and treating the air accordingly.”

The start-up explained that in the event of a high rate of hazardous gases, a warning is then sent to the user via a dedicated app so it can be dealt with quickly and efficiently. 

Concluding, Shnaiderman said that “the systems have already been installed in governmental buildings, sports halls, dining and entertainment venues, schools, hospitals, hotels, and public transports around the world.”

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