Coronavirus Pandemic

Covid-19: UAE releases 2-week treatment results for new Sotrovimab medicine

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on June 30, 2021 | Last updated on June 30, 2021 at 11.56 pm


More than 97.3% of recipients showed improvement within five to seven days.

The new Covid-19 treatment medicine, first received by Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, has led to the recovery of nearly 100 per cent of the receipts, according to UAE health authorities.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), in collaboration with the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DoH) and Dubai Health Authority (DHA), has announced the treatment results for Sotrovimab, an anti-viral treatment for severe Covid-19 cases in adults, pregnant women and children aged 12 and above who are at risk of progressing to severe symptoms and meet other relevant criteria.

The MoHAP has approved the use of Sotrovimab, which is produced by global biopharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), after conducting local evaluation. It has also been approved for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Between 16-29 June, Sotrovimab was administered to 658 patients with Covid-19, 46 percent of whom are citizens and 54 per cent of whom are residents. About 59 per cent of the patients are aged 50 or above.

More than 97.3 per cent of recipients showed improvement within five to seven days and, as symptoms subsided, neared full recovery. Patients receiving Sotrovimab fall within at-risk groups due to other comorbidities that have been associated with severe Covid-19, such as obesity, cancer, kidney disease, lung disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and allergies.

Sotrovimab is a monoclonal antibody treatment delivered through intravenous therapy in accordance with protocols developed by the National Scientific Committee.

The UAE was one of the first countries in the world to receive a shipment of Sotrovimab in mid-June, following an agreement between the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, Rafed, GSK and Etihad Cargo.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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