US Covid-19. Germany will use the treatment touted by Trump

15:05  24 january  2021
15:05  24 january  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Germany ordered 200,000 doses of the experimental antibody treatment administered to Donald Trump in early October. It is the first country in Europe to use it.

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

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, which amounts to € 2,000 per dose.

This cocktail of “monoclonal” antibodies will be used in university hospitals next week, the minister said, stressing that Germany was “ the first country in the EU”

to use it in the fight against the pandemic.

A "passive vaccination"

Jens Spahn did not mention the name of the manufacturer who would supply the drug but confirmed that it was the same treatment as that given to Donald Trump in early October. The latter, then President of the United States, had contracted the coronavirus and was briefly hospitalized.

These synthetic antibodies "work like a passive vaccination", explained Jens Spahn. "Administering these antibodies during the initial stages of infection can help high-risk patients avoid a more serious course."

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Donald Trump had received it before he was authorized

These antibodies mimic what the immune system does after contamination by the coronavirus by going to block the tip of the virus that allows it to attach to human cells and to them enter.

Donald Trump had received the treatment developed by the US laboratory Regeneron, a combination of two antibodies known as REGN-COV2, even before it was authorized at the end of November by the US Medicines Agency (FDA). The ex-president praised the treatment, saying he had "cured" it.

Faced with delays in vaccine deliveries

The American company Eli Lilly has developed a similar treatment, authorized from November 9.

Germany’s order comes amid growing criticism in the EU about slow vaccination campaigns.

Vaccine makers Pfizer / BioNTech and AstraZeneca both reported lower than expected deliveries in the near term to Europe due to production difficulties.

The German government has indicated that it still plans to be able to offer the vaccine to all Germans by the end of August. X1

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