Czechia receives 10,000 doses of COVID-19 antibody drugs from Germany

In this Oct. 22, 2020, file photo, health care workers transport a COVID-19 patient from an intensive care unit at a hospital in Kyjov to a hospital in Brno, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
By Karolina Klaskova
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Germany donated 10,000 doses of the Covid-19 antibody drugs from Regeneron to the Czech Republic, with Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch writing on Twitter that the drugs arrived in the country on Sunday and will be transferred to hospitals as soon as possible.

Some hospitals said on Friday that they were running out of antibody drugs that were administered to patients with a higher risk of getting the disease. According to Vojtěch, further orders purchased by the Ministry of Health will arrive in mid-December.

In connection with the increase in the number of infected, the ministry in October called on patients to get antibodies and called on general practitioners to send patients to hospitals for infusion as the epidemic began to gain momentum.

The Ministry of Health’s clinical group recently recommended ordering 20,000 doses of the drug from Regeneron, including the supply of drugs from Celltrion.

The ministry said on Friday that there were still about 9,000 doses in stock, which would be redistributed among hospitals. Another 24,000 doses of the bamlanivimab antibody drug were due to arrive this week.

Monoclonal antibodies prevent the spread of the virus in the body and protect against the serious course of the disease. They are recommended for people over 65 years of age and also younger if they have a serious chronic illness. However, it is necessary to administer them at an early stage of the disease, ideally five days after the first symptoms. The patient can receive them in about 80 Czech hospitals with emergency admission units.

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