The UK has approved another antibody treatment for people with Covid that reduces the risk of serious illness.
It’s called sotrovkab and scientists say preliminary research suggests it should also work well against new variants like omicron.
The drug, which is given by a drip into a vein, binds to the virus to prevent it from entering our cells.
In a clinical trial, a single dose reduced the risk of hospitalization and death in high-risk adults by 79%.
It is the second drug of its kind, treatment with monoclonal antibodies, which UK regulators have approved.
Ronapreve antibody treatment for Covid approved in the UK Both sotrovimab and other Ronapreve approved antibody treatments are most effective when taken in the early stages of infection. The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) recommends that they be used within five days of the onset of symptoms.
Dr. June Raine, CEO of MHRA, said, “This is another therapeutic agent that has been shown to protect those most vulnerable to Covid-19 and marks another important step in our fight against this devastating disease.”
The pharmaceutical company GSK, which produced sotrovjmab (Judy), has conducted some early laboratory tests to determine how well treatment against the new highly mutated Covid variant Omicron, which is now spreading around the world, is working.
More checks are needed, but researchers say the drug targets a portion of the virus’s peak protein that has not yet undergone major changes or mutations, meaning it should work well.
What treatments do we have against Covid?
In addition to vaccines that are designed to help prevent infection in the first place and reduce the risk of the disease itself, there are several types of treatment for Covid.
They fall into three main categories:
Antibodies that can attack the virus, either taken from the blood plasma of survivors or produced in a laboratory (such as sotrovimab and ronapreve) Antiviral pills such as molnupiravir that directly affect the ability of the coronavirus to thrive in the body calms the system
Most people with Covid do not need treatment and will recover within a few weeks. You may be able to take care of yourself at home. Some of the same things you do to feel better about the flu (rest, drink enough fluids, and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen) may help.
If you feel more unwell, you should consult a doctor.
People who think they have Covid should be tested and self-isolate to stop the spread of the virus.