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HHS expects over 1 mln antibody doses from Regeneron, Lilly in 2020

HHS expects over 1 mln antibody doses from Regeneron, Lilly in 2020”

The Regeneron antibody drug is still undergoing clinical trials and is not widely available to the general public.

The government's Operation Warp Speed program now has "a couple of hundred thousand doses" of the monoclonal antibody treatments being developed by drugmakers Regeneron Pharmaceutical Inc and Eli Lilly & Co, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official Paul Mango said on a call with reporters. "I would think there would be pressure on regulators [to approve the drug]", he said.

He then walked through some of the medicines that are now recommended or have been temporarily approved against the disease. Fauci said that while these had been "showing promise in clinical trials", the research is still ongoing and no final determination has been made.

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The president was also given the generic steroid dexamethasone, usually reserved for those in need of oxygen, as well as Gilead's repurposed Ebola drug remdesivir and supplemental oxygen.

But he was more cautious about treatments with "monoclonal" antibodies, such as that developed by the American biotechnology company Regeneron, praised by the president, or the pharmaceutical group Eli Lilly. "We had a super-propagator event at the White House (where) people were close to each other and not wearing masks". "So the data speak for themselves".

More than 30 people are suspected of having been infected during this ceremony organized for the nomination of Donald Trump's candidate for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. "As a matter of policy, the company does not disclose whether any individual has or has not submitted a request for compassionate use without their consent or prior disclosure", a spokesperson for the company said. "I can tell you that they will test it (...) to find out if it is no longer contaminated", he assured. "I can guarantee you that they will be testing him before they let him go out".



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