CoviD treatment in spitting distance?

Published April 30, 2020

Texan and Belgian researchers are look­ing at lla­mas — the larg­er, smarter, and mean­er cousins of alpacas — for a poten­tial CoviD-19 treat­ment.

Essentially, lla­mas pro­duce an anti­body that can be tweaked to block the “spike” that the SARS-CoV‑2 virus uses to get into cells. The poten­tial treat­ment (if it works) would work like a vac­cine and a cure.

“Vaccines have to be giv­en a month or two before infec­tion to pro­vide pro­tec­tion. With anti­body ther­a­pies, you’re direct­ly giv­ing some­body the pro­tec­tive anti­bod­ies and so, imme­di­ate­ly after treat­ment, they should be pro­tect­ed. The anti­bod­ies could also be used to treat some­body who is already sick to lessen the sever­i­ty of the disease.”

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