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US approves Regeneron antibody treatment given to President Trump

A Covid-19 antibody therapy used to treat President Donald Trump has been approved by the US drug regulator for people who are not yet hospitalised by the disease but are at high risk.

The green light for Regeneron came after REGEN-COV2, a combination of two lab-made antibodies, was shown to reduce Covid-19-related hospitalisations or emergency room visits in patients with underlying conditions.

“Authorising these monoclonal antibody therapies may help outpatients avoid hospitalisation and alleviate the burden on our health care system,” said Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Regeneron’s president and CEO added the move was “an important step in the fight against Covid-19, as high-risk patients in the United States will have access to a promising therapy early in the course of their infection”.

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