A laboratory in China has been developing a drug that it believes could stop the pandemic.
The drug is being tested by scientists at China’s Peking University and could not only shorten the recovery time of those infected but even offer short-term immunity from the virus.
Sunny Xie, the director of the university’s Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics, has said that the drug has been successful in the animal testing phase:
“When we injected neutralising antibodies into infected mice, after five days the viral load was reduced by a factor of 2,500.”
The drug utilizes neutralizing antibodies, which are produced by the body’s immune system to prevent the virus infecting cells. The team isolated the antibodies from 60 recovered patients.
“Our expertise is single-cell genomics rather than immunology or virology,” Xie explained, “When we realized that the single-cell genomic approach can effectively find the neutralizing antibody we were thrilled.”
There are more than 100 vaccines for the virus being developed around the world, but with the demanding nature of vaccine development, Xie hopes this drug can be a faster and more efficient way to stop the pandemic.
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