Nurse first in world to receive new ‘antibody cocktail’ in fight against Covid

An intensive care nurse has become the first person in the world to be administered a new antibody cocktail designed to protect against the Covid-19 virus.

Karen Simeson was given the antibody treatment which has been designed by AstraZeneca who have also been trialling Covid-19 vaccinations at Oxford University.

The antibody treatment is different from a vaccine as it can be administered to those who are unable to receive vaccinations due to being already sick or for having weakened immune systems.

It is hoped the new antibody treatment can be used to protect healthcare professionals working on the frontline of the Coronavirus pandemic and that the effects could last up to a year.

Karen told Sky News on Saturday: "Professionally, I've seen the impact that COVID has had on people through working on ICU.

"It's been devastating on patients and their relatives.

"For me, this is a personal thing – I haven't seen my mum and dad since March. I miss seeing my friends, hugging my girls.

"Getting some normality back for me and my kids is so important."

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Karen was given the treatment at a makeshift pharmacy in the kitchen of an office block in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Speaking following her treatment, she continued: "This treatment gives us some hope. I want that for everybody.

"I see how hard my colleagues are working on the frontline. We can't go out and have a laugh, there's no break for us.

"We all just want that normality back desperately and hopefully this can offer that.

"This is hugely important because we know we're going to need more than just one thing to save us.

"Realistically the number of people who are going to need vaccines, or what I've had today, is huge.

"We can't rely on just the one treatment. With many different versions, I hope we can roll it out quicker and wider to protect everybody."

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