Emergency post-exposure Covid-19 protection being trialled

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Ten people have been given antibodies as a form of emergency protection after being exposed to coronavirus.

The trial, run at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Trust, is the first one of its kind. The study is looking into whether an injection of two different antibodies could prevent someone who has been exposed to the virus from developing the disease – or at least from becoming very ill.

The jab is being offered to people who have been in close contact with a confirmed case within the past eight days.

If it proves effective, it could be used to protect vulnerable people who have not yet been or cannot be, vaccinated.

The antibody treatment developed by AstraZeneca should work to neutralize the virus immediately.