RSV Prevention in the Early Stages of the COvid-19 Pandemic: Where are we today? Where do we stand? How do we do we need to invest our resources?
Phase two was supposed to run from late 2018 to 2021, but the pandemic threw a spanner in those plans. Existing laboratories that were earmarked for testing respiratory syncytial hemoglobin were quickly used to test COVID-19. RSV surveillance fell by the wayside. The global health agency, the WHO, had to make a lot of changes after the Pandemic, which resulted in disruptions in the srsV and srsV activities. Bhiman says that some countries have difficulties obtaining reagents to test for the disease. The second phase was extended to April 2024 despite the setbacks.
In a commentary published earlier this year, Zar and Cunningham called for a concerted global initiative to fund and deliver RSV preventative treatments to all infants everywhere, particularly in underserved regions, where rates of RSV-related illness and death are greatest12. Zar says that the issue is crucial to getting these products out to low and middle-income country settings. The area is where children are dying from the disease.
In countries with some security infrastructure, rural areas aren’t adequately represented. Eva Leidman, an epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in Atlanta, Georgia, says that most of the hospitals are in urban areas.
Barr says that governments will need to foot the bill for qualified personnel even with external help. The effect of the COvid-19 PAIN has made many countries build-up robustPCR testing facilities that can be used for detection of the disease. It is a question about how much of the capability is directed towards a particular area in the country.
Preterm birth of Oliver DeLong, a healthy newborn who never took an anti-Inflammatory drug and the implications for palivizumab
Unless you’ve experienced an inflammatory disorder or had cancer, you have probably never taken an anti-Inflammatory drug. But Oliver DeLong, a healthy baby from Chicago, Illinois, probably received his first antibody therapy before he was even four months old.
Two years ago, when the now-toddler was just four months old, he attended his first Thanksgiving dinner, at which family members who later tested positive for RSV coddled him in their arms. It’s possible that Oliver was the only one who did not contract the virus.
Antibody drugs that target and neutralize the RSV virus function similarly to vaccines, acting as barriers against the harmful pathogen. But there’s a crucial difference. antibody therapies offer immediate protection to recipients, whereas vaccine therapies depend on the immune system to build a defensive response after pieces of the vaccine enter the body.
In April, Canadian regulators granted approval for the antibody’s use in all newborns and young infants, including those born at full term with no underlying health conditions. Banerji has dreamed of providing universal antibody treatment to Inuit babies for a long time. “This should save a lot of lives,” she says.
Steve Cunningham, a respiratorydisease specialist at the University of Edinburgh, says that price and ambition will be important. “There’s going to be a big debate over the next year or two about which is the best coverage option.”
In clinical trials, the vaccine gave around 50% protection against infections that required medical attention or hospitalization. That’s a meaningful benefit — but not as good as nirsevimab, which offered protection in the 70–80% range3,4,7. Maternal vaccines have been linked to a small increased risk of preterm birth but nirsevimab has not raised any major safety concerns.
Health authorities in one part of the Canadian Arctic — in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec — launched a pilot programme in 2016 in which they expanded eligibility for palivizumab from high-risk babies to include healthy, full-term newborns. But the programme was discontinued after just four years, in part because of limited health-care resources and a lack of cost-effectiveness in all but the most severe RSV seasons.
Things should be different with nirsevimab. As a one-time, lower-cost option, nirsevimab should streamline the administration process, while also being “highly cost-effective or cost-saving as compared to the pilot strategy in Nunavik”, according to a 2021 modelling study led by researchers at York University in Toronto5.
Clesrovimab vs. RSV vaccines for infants: A potential advantage for low- and middle-income countries
Those babies could also be helped through maternal vaccination, which enhances immunity for both the mother and the baby. Doubling up on both approaches — vaccines and antibodies — would offer even greater protection. With less money, public-health officials will have to decide between giving jabs to expectant mothers or giving synthetic antibodies to infants to keep them from becomingRSV infections.
A paediatric infectious-disease specialist at University Medical Center Utrecht says shot for shot is the better option if disease prevention is the only consideration.
clesrovimab has several design features that are different from nirsevimab. One key distinction is its target location on the RSV fusion protein. Nirsevimab binds to a spot on the protein’s apex — one that is only present in the protein’s pre-activation state, before it undergoes a structural change necessary for viral entry into host cells. On the flank of the Protein, clesrovimab can be found, on an area consistent with different parts of theProtein.
The potency of nirsevimab 11 has been reduced by the few mutations observed so far. Octavio Ramilo is an infectious-disease researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and he says the potential for resistance remains a concern. To see what happens, we need to watch and watch the outcomes.
On a molecular level, the Adimab agent — called RSM01 — and nirsevimab are fairly similar. Laura Walker is a former head of antibody sciences at Adinab, she said that the antibodies bind to nearby sites and demonstrate similar potency in laboratory experiments. “The differences are pretty minor,” she says. It has an important potential advantage. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to offer a drug in low- and middle- income countries at a fraction of its manufacturing costs.
The first beneficiary of nirsevimab will be children in wealthier parts of the world, as with most medical interventions.
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