Animal Tests Reveal Super-Potent Human Antibodies Protect Against Coronavirus

As per a new study, a team of scientists reportedly found antibodies that can provide powerful protection against the coronavirus in the blood of COVID patients who have already recovered.

Human Antibodies That Protect Against COVID-19 Found In Recovered Patients

According to a team led by the Scripps Research Institute, the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients were discovered to contain super-potent human antibodies that can protect against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus behind the coronavirus pandemic) when tested in both animal and human cell cultures.

Published just this Monday in Science, this new research provides a swift reaction to a deadly pandemic that caught us all by surprise and easily sets the stage for clinical trials and additional tests for the antibodies, which the researchers are hoping would get developed into a vaccine as soon as it is possible.

"The discovery of these very potent antibodies represents an extremely rapid response to a totally new pathogen," Dennis Burton, study co-senior author, Ph.D., the James and Jessie Minor Chair in Immunology in the Department of Immunology & Microbiology at Scripps Research, said.

In principle, these antibodies can already be given to early stage COVID-19 patients via injections to reduce the level of the virus and stop it from getting any worse. Additionally, the antibodies can now also be used to provide a temporary shield-like protection for healthcare workers and elderly people since these two groups are easily the most at risk of getting infected by the coronavirus.

"It has been a tremendous collaborative effort, and we're now focused on making large quantities of these promising antibodies for clinical trials," Thomas Rogers, MD, Ph.D., co-lead author, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Immunology & Microbiology at Scripps Research and assistant professor of Medicine at UC San Diego, said.

As of the moment, developing a vaccine for severe COVID-19 is easily the world’s top priority right now when it comes to public health and safety. Globally, almost 8 million have already tested positive for it while a whopping 400,000 people have already died because of it. And on top of that, cases are still rising.

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