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Vir Biotechnology + GSK announce VIR 7831 reduces hospitalisation and risk of death in early treatment of adults with COVID-19.

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Published:12th Mar 2021
Vir Biotechnology, Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline plc announced that an Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) recommended that the Phase III COMET-ICE (COVID-19 Monoclonal antibody Efficacy Trial - Intent to Care Early) trial evaluating VIR 7831 (GSK 4182136) as monotherapy for the early treatment of COVID-19 in adults at high risk of hospitalisation be stopped for enrolment due to evidence of profound efficacy. The IDMC recommendation was based on an interim analysis of data from 583 patients enrolled in the COMET-ICE trial, which demonstrated an 85% (p=0.002) reduction in hospitalisation or death in patients receiving VIR 7831 as monotherapy compared to placebo, the primary endpoint of the trial. VIR 7831 was well tolerated. As the trial remains ongoing and blinded with patients continuing to be followed for 24 weeks, additional results, including epidemiology and virology data, will be forthcoming once the trial is completed. Based on these results, Vir and GSK plan to submit an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) application to the FDA and for authorisations in other countries. Data from this registrational trial will also form the basis for a Biologics License Application (BLA) submission to the FDA. The companies also announced the results of a new study submitted and pending online publication in bioRxiv, demonstrating that VIR 7831 maintains activity against current circulating variants of concern including the UK, South African and Brazilian variants, based on in vitro data from pseudotyped virus assays. In contrast to other monoclonal antibodies, VIR 7831 binds to a highly conserved epitope of the spike protein, which may make it more difficult for resistance to develop.
Condition: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Infection
Type: drug

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