AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Antibody Cocktail, RSV Treatment For Infants Gets European Authority Backing

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  • The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has backed using AstraZeneca Plc's AZN COVID-19 drug treatment.
  • AstraZeneca said the EMA had backed Evusheld as a treatment for adults and adolescents with COVID who do not need supplemental oxygen and are at increased risk of worsening their disease.
  • The antibody cocktail was previously only approved as a preventative treatment for people with compromised immune systems who see little or no benefit from vaccines.
  • Related: AstraZeneca Scores Its First Global Approval For Antibody Evusheld As COVID-19 Treatment.
  • The EMA also endorsed Beyfortus (nirsevimab) to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) lower respiratory tract disease in infants.
  • Related: AstraZeneca-Sanofi's Nirsevimab Shows 75% Efficacy Against RSV In Healthy Infants.
  • AstraZeneca is developing Beyfortus along with Sanofi SA SNY.
  • The pharma giant also said that if Beyfortus is approved, it will become the first protective option for newborn and infant population against RSV lower respiratory tract disease.
  • Price Action: AZN shares are up 1.82% at $59.20 during the premarket session on the last check Friday.
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