between vaccine and treatment, the promising avenue for artificial antibodies

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DECRYPTION – Dozens of molecules generated by the body to fight infection have been identified and could be put into production fairly quickly.

A technician from the Sanquin blood bank laboratory in Amsterdam is researching the antibodies used to fight Covid-19.
A technician from the Sanquin blood bank laboratory in Amsterdam is researching the antibodies used to fight Covid-19. PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW / REUTERS

Antibodies are an essential component of our immune system and they may well become the first specific treatment available against Covid-19, long before an effective vaccine is released.

These large molecules are a kind of “natural medicine” produced by the body to defend itself against a particular attacker. Each antibody targets a unique target. In this case, when a person manages to heal Covid-19 (which is the case in 99.5% of cases, remember) it means that he succeeded, after only a few days, to produce a family of antibodies perfectly adapted to get rid of this very particular virus. In short, our body “invented” a drug, “tested” it, “improved” it, and then mass produced it, completely independently. Fascinating, right?

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