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UAE finds 97% COVID-19 patients recover after Sotrovimab use

Abu Dhabi: The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), in collaboration with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) and Dubai Health Authority (DHA), has announced the treatment results for anti-viral medicine Sotrovimab in treating mild to moderate COVID-19 cases among high-risk patients including adults, pregnant women and children aged 12 and above who are at risk of progressing to severe symptoms and meet other relevant criteria.

The MoHAP has approved the use of Sotrovimab, which is produced by global biopharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), after conducting local evaluation. It has also been approved for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Between 30 June and 13 July, Sotrovimab was administered to 6,175 patients with COVID-19 in Abu Dhabi. About 52 per cent of the patients were aged 50 or above, and almost all recipients had multiple comorbidities including obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

97 percent of recipients fully recovered within 14 days. The medication also resulted in 100 percent prevention of death among recipients and 99 percent prevention of admission to ICU.

Sotrovimab is a monoclonal antibody treatment delivered through intravenous therapy in accordance with protocols developed by the National Scientific Committee.

The UAE was one of the first countries in the world to receive a shipment of Sotrovimab in mid-June, following an agreement between the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, Rafed, a leading group purchasing organisation, GSK and Etihad Cargo.

What is a monoclonal antibody (mAb)?

Monoclonal antibodies are molecules produced in laboratories. They are engineered to serve as “substitute” antibodies that can immediately restore, enhance or mimic the immune system’s attack on specific antigens — or even cancer cells.

The monoclonal antibodies are concentrated versions of ones that proved to have the ability to do zap antigens. Read more

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