“Japanese drug maker Takeda is planning to use an old therapy technology for a new disease, Covid-19. The company is developing a plasma-derived therapy, dubbed TAK-888, that would be similar to plasma-based treatments previously used on other severe acute viral infections, including during the Ebola crisis, that is based on technology believed to date back as far as the flu of 1918. Takeda is one of several companies — including several U.S. ones, racing for a treatment for the disease. “
“By concentrating the virus-specific antibodies from plasma collected from people who have already recovered from Covid-19, the disease caused by the newly discovered coronavirus, TAK-888 could be used to treat severely ill patients and — possibly — help their at-risk health care workers develop immunity.”
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