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Monoclonal antibodies could be the bridge to a Covid-19 vaccine

Published Jul 20, 2020

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CAPE TOWN- While the

global race

When a person is infected with a virus, the body’s immune system creates antibodies or proteins to combat that specific germ. Monoclonal antibodies help the immune system respond better by allowing the body to locate and attack the virus more effectively.

Once the body has defeated the virus, the immune system can recognize the specific pathogen better if the body had to come in contact with it again.

It remains unclear how long the monoclonal antibodies will be able to boost the immune system for, however infectious disease experts are hopeful.

Convalescent plasma therapy

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) have started exploring ways to use

convalescent plasma therapy

for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

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