COVID Antibody Treatments Exceed Expectations
Regeneron’s results were for the first 409 people in a study that has recruited more than 2,000 to date. All have tested negative for the virus but are living with someone who has COVID-19.
There were roughly half as many infections among people who received the antibody treatment compared to a placebo, and none on the drug had AP reported. The infections were also shorter and the amount of virus lower among those given to the antibodies.
Lilly’s new findings came from a study of 1,035 outpatients recently diagnosed with COVID-19. About 2% of the drug group were subsequently hospitalized or died compared to 7% of the placebo group, the AP reported.
Biden sets new vaccination target
President Joe Biden raised the nation’s daily coronavirus vaccination target to 1.5 million, even as more infectious variants surfaced across America.
“I think with the grace of God … we can get it [vaccinations] to 1.5 million a day, ”Biden said at a press briefing Monday.
Initially, Biden had promised 1 million shots per day, or 100 million vaccinations during his first 100 days in office, the Washington post reported. But the country achieved that goal last week.
One million shots a day is still his minimum goal, Biden said, but “I hope we can increase as we go along to get to 1.5 million. That’s my hope. . “
In the spring, anyone who wants a vaccine should be able to get one, Biden added.
“It’s going to be a logistical challenge that is beyond anything we’ve ever tried in this country, but I think we can do it,” Biden said. “I have no doubts that by the summer we will be on track to move towards collective immunity. I feel good about our direction and I think we can make it happen.”
The ambitious goal was announced on the same day that a more contagious variant of the coronavirus first spotted in Brazil was diagnosed in a man from Minnesota who had just returned from a trip to that country, the AP reported. At the same time, a variant that first surfaced in Britain and caused a nationwide lockdown has already been detected in 24 US states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . Meanwhile, an even more troubling variant that was first detected in South Africa has shown the ability to reduce vaccine effectiveness in testing, but has yet to be spotted in the United States.
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