A team of Singapore scientists has discovered five antibodies that can block Coronavirus infection and protect against the key mutations that have emerged in the Coronavirus during the pandemic, Singapore's defence research and development organisation said on Wednesday.
Human trials for the lead anitbody, AOD01, will commence in the coming months, pending approval from the Health Science Authority, said the Defence Science Organisation National Laboratories.
The DSO said that its scientists have screened hundreds of thousands of B cells - the cells that produce antibodies to target pathogens - from the blood samples of recovered Coronavirus infected patients since March this year.
The scientists managed to isolate the first two antibodies for testing within a month of receiving the blood samples from the National Centre for Infectious Disease and Singapore General Hospital. Two months later, it identified another three effective antibodies.
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