Antibodies Current Affairs - 2020

Is “Purified Antisera” a potential treatment for COVID-19?

The Indian Council of Medical Research in collaboration with the Hyderabad based biopharmaceutical company Biological E ltd has developed “Purified Antisera”. It has been prepared by injecting inactivated SARS-CoV2 in horses which can be used as a prophylaxis and could be a potential treatment for COVID-19. Key Facts The new therapy is similar to the Read More…

Delhi Government to set up ‘Plasma Bank’ at ILBS, the First Plasma Bank in India

To treat COVID-19 patients, on 29th June 2020 Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was announced that a ‘Plasma Bank’ will be set up at the National Capital in the next two days. The Plasma Bank will be set up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS). At the Delhi Government’s Lok Nayak Jai Read More…

ICMR issues Guidelines for Antibody Test Kits

On May 13, 2020, the Indian Council of Medical Research released guidelines for using rapid antibody kits for COVID-19. The Council has also listed the names of the manufacturers that produced these kits. It includes two Chinese manufacturers as well. Highlights The antibody tests according to the apex body are not recommended for diagnosis of Read More…

NMITLI Programme of CSIR to conduct “hmAbs” trial to neutrialize COVID-19

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) under its New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI) is to develop human monoclonal antibodies (hmAbs). These antibodies will neutralise COVID-19 virus in patients. Highlights The CSIR on one side is fighting hard against COVID-19 through its own researches. On the other side, it is also working Read More…

Israel isolates key antibody of COVID-19

The Israel Institute of Biological Research has isolated the key COVID-19 antibody. The “monoclonal neutralizing antibody” developed by the institute is reported to neutralize COVID-19 virus inside the infected person. Highlights The scientists believe that the antibody can possibly be the antidote that can be used in the treatment of COVID-19. The antibody is called Read More…