Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, encouraged scientists to work on Covid-19 antibody treatments with the same urgency he has already seen the community bring to research during this pandemic.
“Keep pressing forward. Everything we’re talking about now really matters. Lives are at stake,” Collins said. “The world is waiting.”
Collins’ focus in an online discussion Thursday was on the latest science behind monoclonal antibody treatments and convalescent plasma. Both are under investigation in a variety of clinical trials to treat and possible prevent Covid-19.
With monoclonal antibody treatments, scientists clone antibodies that they think will be most effective at fighting a disease and put that into a treatment.
Eli Lilly Inc., whose treatment uses one potent antibody, is currently putting its antibody treatment through a few…
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