Scientists working out of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine say they have now found the “smallest biological molecule” that “completely and specifically neutralizes” SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus responsible for causing COVID-19.
According to new reports from the journal Cell, the antibody is about 10 times smaller than a regular, full-sized antibody and has previously been used to create the drug Ab8. Researchers say this drug could potentially be used as a preventative treatment against SARS-CoV-2.
This is some real good news folks.
via Daily Wire:
“Ab8 not only has potential as therapy for COVID-19, but it also could be used to keep people from getting SARS-CoV-2 infections,” said co-author John Mellors, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Pitt and UPMC. “Antibodies of larger size have worked against other infectious diseases and have been well tolerated, giving us hope that it could be an effective treatment for patients with COVID-19 and for protection of those who have never had the infection and are not immune.”
The drug has been tested in mice and hamsters and has been shown to be “highly effective in preventing and treating” the SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to the report. Researchers also say the drug does not bind to human cells, which they say suggests there may not be adverse side effects in people.
Reports indicate that researchers are looking into how the drug might be administered, saying an aerosol form or injection are possibilities for delivering the medication to those who need it.
Another team of researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Biodefense and Emerging Diseases and Galveston National Laboratory tested Ab8 and found that the drug blocked the virus from entering cells. In trials, mice treated with Ab8 had 10-fold less of the amount of infectious virus compared to those untreated.
This news comes right after announcements were made by AstraZeneca that their clinical trials for a vaccine, the largest in the world, were being put on hold.
“Our standard review process was triggered and we voluntarily paused vaccination to allow review of safety data by an independent committee,” the company stated. “This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials.”
“In large trials, illnesses will happen by chance but must be independently reviewed to check this carefully,” the statement went on. “We are working to expedite the review of the single event to minimize any potential impact on the trial timeline. We are committed to the safety of our participants and the highest standards of conduct in our trials.”
I wonder how long it will take for liberals to come out of the woodwork and do their best to tear this discovery down and fear monger some more to keep people scared? We all know they’re using the pandemic to trash the president and persuade people to vote Democrat in November.
They will not be pleased to see a treatment like this become made available.