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By Pushkala Aripaka
(Reuters) -AstraZeneca on Thursday cemented its lead in bringing a preventative COVID-19 shot for the non-infected to marketplace for individuals who don’t reply effectively to vaccines, saying its antibody drug cocktail provided 83% protection over six months.
The injected remedy, referred to as AZD7442 or Evusheld, had beforehand been proven to confer 77% protection in opposition to symptomatic sickness after three months, in an earlier readout of the late-stage PROVENT trial in August.
The Anglo-Swedish firm additionally mentioned a separate examine in sufferers with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 confirmed a better dose of AZD7442 minimize the danger of signs worsening by 88% when given inside three days of first signs.
The newest outcomes from longer-term follow-ups doubtlessly place AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:), like rival Pfizer (NYSE:) as a future provider of each COVID-19 vaccines and coverings, with AstraZeneca having mentioned the remedy’s “real advantage” was as a preventative shot.
“These new data add to the growing body of evidence supporting AZD7442’s potential to make a significant difference in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19,” Executive Vice President Mene Pangalos mentioned in an announcement.
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