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Weekend Reads Covid-19: Germany authorizes the experimental treatment used on Donald Trump

02:50  25 january  2021
02:50  25 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Germany will become the first European Union country to start using the same experimental antibodies treatment credited with helping Donald Trump recover from Covid - 19 , health minister Jens Spahn said Sunday. "The government has bought 200,000 doses for 400 million euros (6 million)

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Le ministre de la Santé Jens Spahn à Berlin le 21 janvier 2021. © AP - Michael Kappeler Minister of Health Jens Spahn in Berlin on January 21, 2021.

Germany will become the first country of the European Union to use the experimental treatment based on synthetic antibodies administered to Donald Trump against Covid-19, Minister of Health Jens Spahn announced on Sunday, January 24.

"The government bought 200,000 doses for 400 million euros" of the experimental treatment against Covid-19 administered to Donald Trump, Jens Spahn told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag, which represents 2,000 euros per dose.

Patients will receive this therapy free of charge, said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health. Two variations of this treatment based on “monoclonal” antibodies will be used in university hospitals next week. Jens Spahn stressed that Germany was “the first country in the EU” to use this type of therapy in the fight against the pandemic.

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The two versions of this treatment were approved in November in the United States but do not yet have the green light from the European regulatory authorities. According to the spokesperson for the ministry, the German medicines regulatory authority, the Federal Institute Paul-Ehrlich, considered that the use of this therapy was "in principle" allowed on a case-by-case basis if doctors deemed it appropriate. to prevent “serious illness or hospitalizations among certain risk groups”.

Orders from two American companies

Germany has obtained supplies from two American companies, Regeneron for its Casirivimab / Imdevimab and Eli Lilly for its Bamlanivimab, the spokesperson said. Both work in a similar way, but the Regeneron version combines two synthetic antibodies and Eli Lilly's version uses only one. These antibodies mimic the functioning of the immune system after contamination by the coronavirus by going to block the tip of the virus which allows it to attach to and penetrate human cells.

Donald Trump had received Regeneron treatment in early October when he was briefly hospitalized, even before he was authorized at the end of November by the United States Medicines Agency (FDA). Eli Lilly's similar treatment had been authorized as of November 9. The ex-president touted Regeneron's treatment, saying he had "cured" him.

(With AFP)

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