COVID-19, Costa Rica studies horses to search for a cure with animals antibodies
Tests ready, in Costa Rica, for experimentation of horses antibodies on humans in order to understand if they can fight COVID-19 while waiting for the vaccine.
In Costa Rica is about to start the experimentation on human patients of a potential cure against COVID-19 made from antibodies produced by horses positive to the novel coronavirus. It is a study by the Instituto Clodomiro Picado (Icp).
Horses antibodies against COVID-19: which are the possibilities?
The remedy, according to the experts of the Instituto Clodomiro Picado (Icp) who are developing it, promises to be cheap and ready to be shared with the population of the remaining Central American countries, on average less well off than Costa Rica.
The president of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, Roman Macaya, who is responsible for the management of public health facilities in the country, announced that by mid-September tests will begin on 26 patients. If the remedy is positive, it could begin to be used widely in public hospitals, where to date there are 471 people hospitalized because of Covid-19.
Horses antibodies against COVID-19: the idea
The idea of using horses as animals to develop a treatment for the new coronavirus comes from the experience gained by doctors in Costa Rica in studying antidotes for snake venom. “We are proud to know that this product will save lives while we wait for a vaccine,” said one of the Icp project coordinators, Alberto Alape, who added: “We do it with our own resources, without queuing up or competing with other countries.