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University of Pittsburgh study could leave to COVID treatment breakthrough

Brian Wise
Created: September 15, 2020 06:47 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh have made a discovery that could lead to a treatment for COVID-19.

The discovery? The smallest biological molecule that neutralizes the SARS CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. The molecule is being used to create an antibody called Ab8 which could be used as a potential therapy or vaccine.

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"We're not making any claims about whether it's better than a vaccine to defeat this pandemic," said Dr. John Mellors, Chief of Infectious Diseases at the university. 

"We need both vaccines and treatments, and I eluded to that earlier. The most cost-effective means of preventing infectious disease is a vaccine."

Ab8 has reportedly been highly effective in preventing or treating the virus in mice and hamsters. 

A human clinical trial could start as early as the beginning of 2021.


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