Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 08:40:09 AM EST
Lab tests: Eli Lilly, Regeneron antibody therapies lose out against Omicron ...
Follow-up diary from my earlier Latest Data Omicron Variant
Omicron may sideline two leading drugs against COVID-19 | PBS |
As strained U.S. hospitals brace for a new surge of COVID-19 cases caused by the fast-spreading omicron variant, doctors are warning of yet another challenge: the two standard drugs they've used to fight infections are unlikely to work against the new strain.
For more than a year antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly have been the go-to treatments for early COVID-19, thanks to their ability to head off severe disease and keep patients out of the hospital.
But both drugmakers recently warned that laboratory testing suggests their therapies will be much less potent against omicron, which contains dozens of mutations that make it harder for antibodies to attack the virus. And while the companies say they can quickly develop new omicron-targeting antibodies, those aren't expected to launch for at least several months.
A third antibody from British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline appears to be the best positioned to fight omicron. But Glaxo's drug is not widely available in the U.S., accounting for a small portion of the millions of doses purchased and distributed by the federal government. U.S. health officials are now rationing scarce drug supplies to states.
Americans not showing interest in getting vaccinated, 30% still unvaccinated. Third or booster shot not being sought ... the virus variant sees great opportunities.
Nearly One Third Of Healthcare Workers In U.S. Hospitals Are Still Not Vaccinated Against Covid-19, CDC Study Finds, As Vaccine Mandate Looms | Forbes - Nov. 14, 2021 |
Some 30% of healthcare personnel who worked at the thousands of hospitals in the United States were still not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of mid-September, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as tensions escalate over a looming--and contested--nationwide mandate that officials worry will leave the sector with a shortage of critical workers.
Federal Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Health Workers | NY Times - Nov. 30, 2021 |
Failure to organize early booster shots ...
Israel moves into fifth Covid wave
Time is running out, the 5th wave has started - Bennett | JPost |