Chinese Scientists Looking for Covid-19 Treatment Claim Finding ‘Effective’ Antibodies

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A medical worker works on samples from migrant workers to be tested for the new Coronavirus at a community healthcare service center amid the Coronavirus outbreak on March 13, 2020 in Taiyuan, China. — Getty Images

BEIJING (Reuters) — A team of Chinese scientists has isolated several antibodies that it says are “extremely effective” at blocking the ability of the new Coronavirus to enter cells, which eventually could be helpful in treating or preventing Covid-19.

There is currently no proven effective treatment for the disease, which originated in China and is spreading across the world in a pandemic.

Zhang Linqi at Tsinghua University in Beijing said a drug made with antibodies like the ones his team have found could be used more effectively than the current approaches, including what he called “borderline” treatment such as plasma.

Plasma contains antibodies but is restricted by blood type.

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