Coronavirus: Antibody therapy 'may stop virus becoming serious'

Coronavirus: Antibody therapy 'may stop virus becoming serious'

Hopes that an antibody treatment could become the first drug to prevent mild Covid-19 cases from deteriorating to the point where people must be admitted to hospital have been boosted by early trial results. Lilly, the American drugmaker, gave 300 people with mild or moderate symptoms injections of laboratory-grown antibodies. Another 150 received a placebo. Among those who got the treatment 1.7 per cent ended up going to hospital, compared with 6 per cent for the placebo — a 72 per cent reduction in the risk of being admitted. Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College London, who was not involved with the research, said the trial marked “a significant and impressive step forward”. The two other drugs shown to be effective against Covid-19
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