COVID-19: Taiwan institute says antibody therapy shows promise

  • 30 July, 2020
  • John Van Trieste
Taiwanese researchers say an antibody treatment for COVID-19 has shown promise in tests on animals. (Photo Courtesy NHRI)

Researchers at Taiwan’s National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) say that a treatment they are developing for COVID-19 is showing promise. The treatment uses monoclonal antibodies, and has shown positive results in tests on hamsters.

The director of the NHRI’s Institute of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, Liao Ching-len, says the antibodies target what the team calls the virus’ “Achilles heel” with extreme precision.

Infected hamsters in a control group showed decreased body weight and lower levels of activity. Meanwhile, hamsters given the antibody treatment maintained their weight and activity levels.

The NHRI is now looking for a commercial partner to carry out human tests.

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