‘Rapid achievement’ allows antibody trial to move to next phase


The developers of a potential COVID-19 antibody treatment have moved trials to a third phase, hailing “rapid achievement” with no safety concerns to date.

The world’s largest vaccines player, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and Vir Biotechnology said their trial programme was also to be expanded across new sites in North America, South America and Europe.

The pair have been working on an antibody-based treatment since April, while GSK has a separate vaccine partnership with Sanofi that entered clinical trials last month.

It is hoped that the Comet-Ice trial under development with Vir, which began human testing in August, will enable early treatment of the coronavirus in high-risk patients by killing affected cells.

The companies have also pointed to encouraging results in resistance and protection of the lungs in the 20 patients with the disease to have taken part so far.

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