U.S. government authorities have decided to immediately pause the distribution of Eli Lilly’s bamlanivimab and etesevimab over concerns that the monoclonal antibody cocktail is ineffective against some SARS-CoV-2 variants.
CDC recently concluded that the Gamma variant (P.1) and the Beta variant (B.1.351) make up 11% of COVID-19 infections. They are also continuing to become more dominant, as is the Delta variant (B.1.617.2). CDC has determined that the Delta variant is possibly less responsive to some monoclonal antibody treatments.
The Beta and Gamma variants are significantly less responsive to bamlanivimab and etesevimab than other viral lineages.
FDA is recommending Regeneron’s REGEN-COV and GSK’s sotrovimab as more robust antibody therapies.
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