Prayer #174: For the Possible Use of the Drug Ab8 as a COVID-19 Preventative
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Division of Infectious Diseases have successfully isolated the molecule that "completely and specifically" neutralizes SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This antibody component, reported yesterday in the medical journal Cell, is ten times smaller than a typical antibody and is being used to make the drug Ab8, which may be very effective in preventing COVID-19 infection as well in the treatment of those who have the disease. Ab8 is proving to be "highly effective" in early tests, according to researchers, and it does not bind to human cells, which indicates that there may be no side effects. "Ab8 not only has potential as a therapy for COVID-19," said John Mellors, one of the researchers, "but it also could be used to keep people from getting SARS-Cov-2 infections. Antibodies of larger size have worked against other infectious diseases and have been well-tolerated, giving us hope that it could be an effective treatment for patients with COVID-19 and for the protection of those who have never had the infection and are not immune."
Pray today as tests continue on Ab8. Pray that God would guide those doing this research and that He would give them wisdom as they interpret the data of these tests. Pray that this would indeed prove to be an effective treatment and preventative for COVID-19.
Ps. 62:8: "Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us."