@CNN — A #Coronavirus #Vaccine Is Still Months Away, But An Antibody Treatment Could Be Closer

(CNN) — Vaccines have gotten all the attention in the race to fight Covid-19, but there is a major push in the US to develop antibody therapies to treat coronavirus.

Some scientists think these treatments may be available this year, even before a vaccine.

Vaccines have gotten all the attention in the race to fight Covid-19, but there is a major push in the US to develop antibody therapies to treat coronavirus. There's so much of a push that some scientists think these treatments may be available this year, even before a vaccine.

Since there isn't enough donated plasma to treat all patients, modern medicine can fill in the gaps and maybe even improve the process. Scientists can create what are called monoclonal antibodies: lab-made antibodies created specifically to target an infection.

Vaccines have the advantage of working longer than an antibody treatment. Antibody therapies potentially last a month or two and then wear off, but they can be used to temporarily protect vulnerable populations such as nursing home residents or healthcare workers or people with chronic conditions. The therapies could also treat people who are already sick with Covid-19. Jen Christensen, CNN/@CNN

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