Vaccinations against the coronavirus may only be the first step in the global fight against the pandemic. Great hopes also lie in the development of a drug against the virus. Good news in this regard comes from AstraZeneca.
US emergency approval applied for
AstraZeneca is now applying to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval of a newly developed drug against the coronavirus.
The drug is not to be used to treat COVID-19, but for antibody prevention. If approved, it would be the first COVID drug of its kind in the world.
Study shows strong efficacy
Especially for immunocompromised people, the drug could be a real hope, as AstraZeneca vice-president Mene Pangalos explains:
Vulnerable groups of people, for example immunocompromised individuals, often do not show sufficient immune response after vaccination and therefore remain at risk of being exposed to a severe Covid course.
Supplement to vaccinations
The drug is not intended to replace COVID vaccine. However, it could be a useful supplement. Pangalos further explains:
[With this drug] we are one step closer to protecting ourselves from Covid-19 beyond vaccination.