Mapping the fight against Covid-19 in Europe

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

Researchers across Europe are in the forefront of the search for effective drugs to fight the coronavirus.

EARA has put together a map animation to display the many studies in vaccine development and basic research, plus the sources of funding needed to make it possible.

The basic research and drug testing stages for Covid-19 are likely to need the use of a variety of animals, including ferrets, mice and monkeys.

One study using mice - a collaboration between scientists from Utrecht University, Erasmus MC, Harbor BioMed, in the Netherlands, and the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany - has led to the development of a human antibody that can block infection by the virus.

Meanwhile, EARA member VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology, Belgium, in collaboration with the German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Germany, and the University of Texas at Austin, USA, has identified an antibody that neutralises Covid-19. Researchers are now preparing the preclinical test phase for a coronavirus treatment.

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