U.S. Allowing First Emergency Use of COVID-19 Antibody Drug

Virus Outbreak Antibody Drug

(Courtesy of Eli Lilly via AP)

U.S. health officials have allowed emergency use of the first antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19.

The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the experimental drug from Eli Lilly for people 12 and older with mild or moderate COVID-19 not requiring hospitalization.

Tests of it are continuing, but the drug does not seem to help patients with more serious illness.

It is similar to a treatment President Trump received after contracting the virus last month.

The government previously reached an agreement to buy and supply much of the early production of the drug.

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