Infection by Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is the leading cause of hospitalization in infants. The currently available preventive treatment is a monthly injection with an anti-RSV antibody, which is only given to high-risk infants and only temporarily provides protection due to a limited half-life. Now, a new antibody against RSV, which was developed by scientists of Amsterdam UMC spin-off AIMM Therapeutics, has come one step closer to market authorization, showing positive results in a Phase III clinical trial performed by pharma companies Astra Zeneca and Sanofi. This antibody, being more stable than the existing antibody, will only need to be administered once per RSV-season and should become available to all infants.
Photo credit: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection – Case 288 by Yale Rosen. Photo is cropped.
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