Chinese Researchers Stumble Upon ‘Godsend’ Synthetic Antibody That Could Neutralize Omicron Variant


Scientists in Shanghai believe they have found a powerful new synthetic antibody that can beat the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The news comes as the US Food and Drug Administration moves to shut down production of older antibody drugs that have little effect on the variant.

When the Omicron variant burst onto the scene in November 2021, it created uncountable headaches for health professionals around the globe as it seemed to evade every defense used to limit the spread of previous variants of the virus, including masks, vaccines, and antibody treatments. However, a group of researchers at Fudan University in Shanghai believe they have found a recipe for a synthetic antibody that could turn the tide against Omicron.

Their work was described in the article “Combating the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant with non-Omicron neutralizing antibodies,” which was published on the bioRxiv preprint website and has not been peer-reviewed.

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