- BBC World News
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the emergency use of the experimental antibody treatment that was administered to President Trump when he was diagnosed with Covid-19.
The use of the drug, developed by Regeneron, will be allowed in people who have tested positive for coronavirus and are at risk of contracting a serious illness.
A emergency clearance allows the use of a treatment even if studies have not been completed to determine its safety and efficacy.
But according to the company its reports suggest that the therapy is effective when administered after an early diagnosis of Covid-19.
FDA clearance comes at a time when Covid-19 cases continue to rise en EE.UU.
A drug similar to Regeneron’s, made by Eli Lilly, another US pharmaceutical company, received emergency approval earlier this month.
The Regeneron treatment is a combination of From powerful monoclonal antibodies, made in the laboratory, that mimic our own immune response.
These physically stick to the coronavirus, making it unable to enter the cells of the body.
Regeneron said he hoped to have Sufficient doses for about 80,000 patients by the end of this month and 300,000 in total by the end of January.
Treatment will be provided free of charge, but patients may have to pay for its administration.
The FDA said the treatment was not authorized for Covid patients who are in the hospital or in need of oxygen.
The previous Trump
The drug was one of many that President Trump received after testing positive for Covid-19 in October.
Later, the president claimed that experimental therapy there were ayudado to his recovery, although it remains impossible to know if it actually did.
President Trump was one of the few people outside of clinical trials who received the drug, under what is known as “compassionate use.”
Another was his Secretary of Housing, Ben Carson, who said he believed he was “out of the woods” after being “extremely ill” following his positive Covid diagnosis earlier in the month.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, said on Facebook that Trump “cleared for monoclonal antibody therapy that he had previously received, and I am convinced it saved my life.”
As with Trump, the role drugs played in his recovery it is not clear.
America now has more than 12 million infections by Covid-19 confirmed, with more than 255,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
This is by far the highest death toll in the world.
The recent increase in cases has led many states to impose new restrictions in an attempt to curb the virus.
In California, a nightly curfew began Saturday and will run through Dec. 21, with a possible extension if necessary, authorities said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged Americans to avoid traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, to avoid an increase in transmissions.
Now you can receive notifications from BBC Mundo. Download the new version of our app and activate them so you don’t miss out on our best content.
Digsmak is a news publisher with over 12 years of reporting experiance; and have published in many industry leading publications and news sites.