This Friday August 6, the Haute autorité de santé (HAS) announced immunocompromised people will be able to get a preventive Covid-19 therapy based on monoclonal antibodies. The latter are more likely to develop severe coronavirus and are not effectively protected by the vaccine. Their immune systems being unable to fully respond to Covid vaccines, it is recommended to give them three doses, and for many of them, this is not enough.
According to the HAS, this therapy will apply to “about 130,000 people in France”, like those given an organ transplant and under anti-rejection immunosuppressive therapy, as well as those suffering from chronic dialyses, or patients suffering from some cancers and inflammatory autoimmune diseases.
The “Ronapreve” therapy now enjoys an early authorization for this special group, a process enabling to give a medication before its issuance authorization is issued. And the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament (National Medicines Safety Agency – ANSM) has assessed the presumed benefit-risk ratio. Yet, during this granted period of time as for giving this preventive therapy, the Haute Autorité de Santé shall study the effectiveness of the therapy and see - depending on new antibodies soon to be marketed - which therapy enables the best protection over time.
Developed by American company Regeneron, in partnership with Roche laboratory, this therapy combines two monoclonal antibodies directed against Covid’s spike protein. Antibodies prevent the virus from penetrating the cells and fight against its multiplication. The latter will have to do the work antibodies of immunocompromised people cannot do, and protect them from severe infection.
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