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3 Jun, 2021 13:28

EU purchases its first monoclonal antibodies cocktail for Covid-19 treatment, securing 55,000 doses of Roche-Regeneron drug

EU purchases its first monoclonal antibodies cocktail for Covid-19 treatment, securing 55,000 doses of Roche-Regeneron drug

The European Union has announced the purchase of 55,000 doses of the Roche-Regeneron Covid-19 drug, marking its first foray into potential treatments involving a cocktail of monoclonal antibodies.

The EU announced it secured the shipment of the doses on Wednesday, as the bloc seeks to expand its portfolio of drugs and explores potentially promising treatments that can help in the fight against the virus. 

The deal was agreed earlier this year but the details were only confirmed on Thursday by an EU spokesperson, who said 55,000 doses of the single-shot treatment had been purchased. 

Roche stated that the company’s contract will cover 37 countries in Europe, including the UK and other non-EU nations. The cost of the shipment has not been made public by the EU or the pharmaceutical companies. 

While the deal agreed between the companies and the EU is for the drug’s infusion version, there is also a shot that has been tested and developed.

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The Roche-Regeneron treatment is still awaiting formal approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) before the shipment is dispatched, with formal authorization expected between August and October 2021. The EMA is currently in the process of conducting a rolling review of preliminary data.

The Roche-Regeneron Covid-19 treatment has already been granted emergency US approval for patients with mild to moderate symptoms, with Washington ordering 1.5 million doses.

The monoclonal antibodies treatment seeks to replicate or boost the body’s natural immune response, helping to support Covid-19 patients who are at high risk of developing severe disease. 

Researchers have found that it is effective in having the additional benefit of specifically targeting a key element of the infectious process.

Roche and Regeneron are expected to make 2 million doses per year at the South San Francisco biotech facility.

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