U.S. FDA authorizes use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 antibody cocktail – CTV

December 9, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized the use of AstraZeneca’s antibody cocktail to prevent COVID-19 infections in individuals with weak immune systems or a history of severe side effects from coronavirus vaccines.

The antibody cocktail, Evusheld, is only authorized for adults and adolescents who are not currently infected with the novel coronavirus and have not recently been exposed to an infected individual, the regulator said.

The authorization for the therapy, made up of two monoclonal antibodies tixagevimab and cilgavimab, marks a significant step for AstraZeneca, whose widely used COVID-19 vaccine is yet to be approved by U.S. authorities.

AstraZeneca last month had agreed to supply the U.S. government with 700,000 doses of Evusheld, which had earlier shown to cut the risk of people developing any COVID-19 symptoms by 77% in a late-stage trial.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/u-s-fda-authorizes-use-of-astrazeneca-covid-19-antibody-cocktail-1.5700043

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