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Scientists discover new super-potent human antibodies that can protect against COVID-19

These antibodies may also be used to provide temporary, vaccine-like protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection for healthcare workers, elderly people, and others who respond poorly to traditional vaccines.

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Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute in the US have discovered antibodies in the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients that provide powerful protection against SARS-CoV-2, when tested in animals and human cell cultures.

They inform that injections of such antibodies could, in principle, be given to patients in the early stage of COVID-19 to reduce the level of virus and protect against severe disease.

These antibodies may also be used to provide temporary, vaccine-like protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection for healthcare workers, elderly people, and others who respond poorly to traditional vaccines or are suspected of recent exposure to the coronavirus, they said.

The research, published in the journal Science, offers a paradigm of swift reaction to emergent and deadly viral pand