Regeneron: Antibodies may be less effective against Omikron

Regeneron: Antibodies may be less effective against Omikron

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Antibody cocktails and other similar drugs from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals may be less effective against the new Omikron variant of the coronavirus. The American biotechnology company said this on Tuesday.

According to Regeneron, an initial analysis shows that the individual mutations of the Omikron variant indicate that “the virus may be less well inactivated by the immunity provided by vaccines and monoclonal antibodies”. Monoclonal antibodies are substances that are produced in a laboratory. Former President Donald Trump received Regeneron’s antibody treatment last year to fight the coronavirus.

Further research is underway to confirm and quantify this potential impact using the actual sequence of the Omikron variant, Regeneron said. The company also said that there was no direct data on whether the antibodies or vaccines offer less protection.

Regeneron’s message follows the warning from CEO Stéphane Bancel of the American pharmaceutical and vaccine maker Moderna. Bancel said that the current vaccines are probably less effective against the new corona variant. According to him, it also takes months to produce a new vaccine.

The World Health Organization WHO and scientists have also said it could take weeks to determine whether Omikron causes a more serious disease and whether existing vaccines offer sufficient protection against the new variant. The University of Oxford, which has co-developed a corona vaccine with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, said there is no evidence yet that the vaccine is less effective against the new variant based on current limited data.

Regeneron: Antibodies may be less effective against Omikron
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