This article was last updated December 21, 2020.
As America’s biopharmaceutical companies work around the clock to research and develop vaccines and treatments to help fight COVID-19, scientists have discovered certain medicines that can help reduce the length and severity of a coronavirus infection. Known as “monoclonal antibodies,” a number of these treatments have received emergency use authorizations (EUAs) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of COVID-19 and are being used in hospital settings around the country today.
Although these medicines are new to the fight against COVID-19, monoclonal antibodies have been around for decades and continue to play a central role in advancing our ability to treat against a range of chronic diseases, including cancer and auto-immune conditions. By building on vast stores of knowledge and information about how these treatments interact with the immune system and can be used to counteract disease, America’s biopharmaceutical researchers have been able to rapidly hone in on and develop targeted treatments against the coronavirus.