EMA green lights new Covid treatments — RT World News

The EU’s drug regulator has approved the use of two monoclonal antibody treatments for Covid-19, clearing the way for the use of the Regeneron-Roche and Celltrion therapies amid a rise in cases on the continent.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA), in a Thursday statement, recommended that Regeneron Roche be approved for adult and juvenile patients over 12 years old. However, it suggested that Celltrion should only ever be administered to adults.

Regeneron-Roche’s Ronapreve and Celltrion’s Regkirona are the first monoclonal antibody treatments for Covid to be recommended for market authorization by the EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP).

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The treatments work by attaching themselves to a specific target – in this case, the spike protein in the coronavirus – helping to alleviate symptoms and reduce the risk of hospitalization and death.

As the EU grapples with growing Covid cases across its member countries, and as the winter months approach, a lot of healthcare services worry that they may not be equipped to handle the combined coronavirus-seasonal flu infection.

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