A new treatment for people who have been exposed to the coronavirus but have not been vaccinated is being tested in England.
According to the BBC, the University College Hospital of London (UCLH) NHS Trust is testing whether direct antibody injection can provide some degree of protection to those who have recently been exposed to the coronavirus.
“We know that this combination of antibodies can neutralize the virus, so we hope to find that this treatment by injection can immediately prevent the occurrence of COVID-19 in the exposed population. It is too late. UCLH virologist Dr. Catherine Houlihan told News agency.
As the body accumulates the required antibodies, it may take several weeks for the vaccine to fully fight the virus. The goal of post-exposure treatment is to provide an alternative, more direct method of protection for people who cannot be vaccinated.
The researchers say that antibodies can provide protection from the coronavirus for up to a year, and they added that they are not seeking to provide this treatment to replace those who can be vaccinated.
The trial only started in London, and preliminary results are expected this spring.