Intensive care nurse becomes first antibody treatment recipient
Breaking news as the first of 5000 antibody treatments has been administered to West Yorkshire intensive care nurse, Karen Simeson.
The treatment is currently in the final stages of trialing.
This antibody treatment is designed to provide passive immunity from Covid-19, lasting from 6-12 months for those particularly vulnerable members of public.
Vaccines normally work by pushing the immune system to create it’s own antibody’s to fight off infection. However, this method of immunity may not work for the sick or elderly members of the public due to their weakened immune systems.
The hopes for this treatment is to provide instant protection by putting antibody’s straight into the recipient.
Therefor, this is antibody treatment is specifically designed and very important for those of whom the vaccine will not work.
Dr Nat Wright, Research Director, Spectrum CIC says:
“We cannot understate the importance of this”.
“The reality is, there will be some of the population that won’t mount an antibody response to the vaccines”.
Intensive care nurse and first recipient, Karen, says:
“It’s just that glimmer of hope that we’re going to get back to some form of normality”.
“Professionally, i’ve seen the impacts that Covid has had since March, working in intensive care during both waves”.
“I’ve seen the devastation it’s caused for both the patients and relatives”
“I miss hugging my girls”.
“Anything i can do to get back to some kind of normality, i’d do it”.
The next recipient to arrive is a friend of Karen’s, a healthcare worker in Yorkshire – another person who will do what it takes in order to live a normal life.
The potentially life-saving antibody treatment is due to be fully rolled out next year, starting in care homes and even prisons.