China Finds 'Effective' Antibodies Against Novel Coronavirus

Chinese scientists have isolated several antibodies that they consider "extremely effective" in preventing the new coronavirus from penetrating into human cells, a news agency reports.

Chinese scientists have isolated several antibodies that they consider "extremely effective" in preventing the new coronavirus from penetrating into human cells, a news agency reports. This discovery would be a new step in finding a remedy to treat or prevent covid-19 infections. Today, there is still no proven effective treatment for COVID-19, which started in Wuhan China last December and has become a global pandemic that has already caused more than 874,000 infections and has claimed more than 43,200 lives.
China Finds 'Effective' Antibodies Against Novel Coronavirus
China: - This discovery would be a new step in finding a remedy to treat or prevent covid-19 infections.
Today, there is still no proven effective treatment for COVID-19, which started in Wuhan China last December and has become a global pandemic that has already caused more than 874,000 infections and has claimed more than 43,200 lives.
Zhang Linqi, a member of Tsinghua University in Beijing, says the antibody-developed drug his team has found could be used more effectively than existing approaches, including plasma treatments, which are limited by type of blood from each patient.
In early January, the group led by Zhang collaborated with other Shenzhen doctors to begin testing antibodies from the blood taken from several patients who recovered from covid-19.
These specialists managed to isolate 206 monoclonal antibodies that showed a "strong" ability to bind with coronavirus proteins, as described by Zhang Linqi.
The researchers then carried out a new test to see if they could prevent the virus from entering the cells: of the first twenty or so antibodies tested, four were able to block this microorganism and two of them were "extremely good".
Right now, the scientists headed by Zhang are focused on finding the most potent antibodies against this virus to syndicate them and alleviate the risk that SARS-CoV-2 might mutate.
If all goes well, those antibodies will be mass-produced for testing and treatment, first in animals and then in humans. The group of experts has partnered with Chinese-American biotech Brii Biosciences to "propose multiple candidates" for "a prophylactic and therapeutic intervention," the company said.
Zhang Linqi published his findings online and hope that the antibodies would be tested on humans in less than six months’ time.
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