Vir Biotech and GSK join the race find COVID-19 antibody treatment
Category: #health  By Pankaj Singh  Date: 2020-09-03
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Vir Biotech and GSK join the race find COVID-19 antibody treatment

As the entire world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, the next big thing in battling the disease could come from a class of biotech therapies such as antibodies designed precisely to attack this virus. As per the latest news, GlaxoSmithKline Plc. and Vir Biotechnology, Inc., have reportedly commenced testing of their new experimental antibody on initial-stage Covid-19 patients, entering the global race to find a winner in the class of antiviral drugs to battle the pandemic.

Sources cite that both companies will be testing the long-acting single injection on recently diagnosed high-risk COVID-19 patients for its ability to avoid hospitalization, particularly a life-threatening disease stage.

While speaking about the company’s late entry in clinical trials, George Scangos, CEO at Vir Biotech said that the company spent a significant amount of time in selecting the best-in-class antibody.

According to sources, the antibody is developed not just to block the SARC-COV-2 virus from attacking cells but to recruit immune cells to destroy already infected cells, which otherwise would replicate the virus. The antibody also has been modified to stay effective for numerous months on a single shot and to cling to a part of the SARC-C0V-2’s outer spike protein which has demonstrated no tendency to mutate.

After testing the potential drug on 20 US participants over fourteen days for safety, the trial will expand to 1,300 patients across the globe. In future studies, both companies are planning to run more clinical trials to assess antibody’s ability to stop the infection and treat COVID-19 individuals that are in hospital care.  

Later this year, both companies are also planning to start a clinical trial of a second antibody from the partnership. GSK said that primary outcomes could be available by the end of 2020 and complete outcomes during Q1 2021.

Source credit - https://www.expresspharma.in/covid19-updates/gsk-vir-biotech-to-test-covid-19-antibody-treatment/



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