Plan to seek emergency use nod for Covid-19 antibody therapy

11 March 2021 - 07:38 By Reuters
Evidence has emerged of "profound efficacy" of the therapy. Stock photo.
Evidence has emerged of "profound efficacy" of the therapy. Stock photo.
Image: 123RF/Kateryna Kon

Vir Biotechnology and Britain's GSK said on Wednesday they planned to seek emergency use authorisation (EUA) for their experimental Covid-19 antibody therapy after interim data from a study showed 85% reduction in hospitalisation and deaths among patients.

An independent panel recommended stopping further enrolment for the late-stage trial due to evidence of “profound efficacy” of the therapy, Vir and GSK said in a joint statement.

Antibody treatments are designed to decrease the severity of Covid-19 among patients diagnosed with the infection.

Additionally, the companies said a new laboratory study showed the therapy, VIR-7831, was equally effective against the UK, SA and Brazilian variants of the coronavirus.

Vir and GSK announced a partnership last year to research Covid-19 treatments.


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