Clinical Trials

Dose 3 Adverse Reactions Similar to Dose 2

This morning, the CDC released their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report focusing on third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The report referenced Pfizer’s Phase 3 clinical trial, which included 306 participants, ages 18-55, who received a booster dose. Doses were administered 5-8 months after completion of a primary series using mRNA vaccines. Adverse reactions were similar to those after the second dose, and “included mild to moderate injection site and systemic reactions” (1).

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WHO Endorses Regeneron’s COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

Last Friday, the WHO endorsed the use of Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody cocktail for patients at high risk of being hospitalized due to severe COVID-19. Others eligible for treatment include those unable to develop antibodies to COVID-19, through previous infection or vaccination. This includes immunocompromised persons. Regeneron’s casirivimab and imdevimab antibody cocktail, administered by infusion, was the first combination therapy to receive FDA EUA.

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Using Infliximab to Treat COVID

Yesterday, the WHO announced that three drugs are being tested as effective treatments for COVID-19. The trial will include infliximab, which is currently approved to treat autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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