Costa Rican scientists create medicine capable of preventing coronavirus

Plasma is 100 times more powerful than conventional
July 29, 2020

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Two antibody formulations developed from hyperimmunized horse plasma and viral proteins showed ability to inhibit the infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus disease.

The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) announced that tests conducted at George Mason University in the United States confirm that medicine developed by Costa Rican scientists at the Clodomiro Picado Institute can prevent the disease from progressing in patients.

"The results clearly show that horses produced a large amount of antibodies that block the virus from entering human cells. This indicates that the drug can be very efficient and that the amount that will be required to treat patients would be relatively low,“ confirmed microbiologist and clinical chemist Alberto Girón at the press conference.

On Tuesday it was also reported that the formulations passed the infertility tests as part of the analysis developed by the Laboratory of Analysis and Pharmaceutical Advisory of the University of Costa Rica (UCR). The institution is working in parallel on the protocol to be used for the clinical use of the new drug.

Análisis revelan que sueros contra coronavirus producidos por UCR inhiben el virus

#ATENCIÓN Las dos formulaciones de anticuerpos equinos preparadas en el Instituto Clodomiro Picado de la Universidad de Costa Rica a partir de plasma de los caballos hiperinmunizados con proteínas virales, son capaces de inhibir la infectividad del coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 que produce la enfermedad covid-19.Así lo revelaron los resultados de las pruebas realizadas en la Universidad de George Mason, de los Estados Unidos, los cuales confirmaron que la estrategia de los científicos costarricense permite obtener anticuerpos que neutralizan la infectividad del virus. Estos anticuerpos podrían impedir que la enfermedad progrese en los pacientes.#CCSSdeCostaRica

Posted by Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

This new plasma is 100 times more potent than the plasma obtained in humans.

Interinstitutional work

Four months ago, CCSS, UCR and CCSS announced that they would work together to combat COVID-19. In this way, researchers at Clodomiro Picado used several coronavirus proteins to immunize  six horses to produce antibodies.

The animals were not hurt. After this process, scientists extracted the blood and separated the continent blood plasma from antibodies. The latter are with which scientists work to provide solutions to deal with the crisis caused by this disease.

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