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Therapies & Treatments – Helping Patients Live Better Lives

A word on COVID-19 and animal research
Biomedical research has advanced at an unprecedented speed in the race for treatments and cures for COVID-19. (Photo credit: bgblue / DigitalVision Vectors / Getty Images)
 (Photo credit: bgblue / DigitalVision Vectors / Getty Images)

Biomedical research has advanced at an unprecedented speed in the race for treatments and cures for COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of some drugs and vaccines, and several more are in the pipeline. Researchers conducted animal research, which continued as human clinical trials began to ensure the safety and efficacy of these new treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.

Examples of Common Treatments Developed With Animal Models

DrugUsageAnimal Models
Bamlanivimab Mild to moderate COVID-19Hamsters, mice, monkeys, rats
BTN162b2Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2Mice, monkeys, rats
Casirivimab and Imdevimab (used together)Mild and moderate COVID-19Hamsters, mice, monkeys
mRNA-1273Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2Hamsters, mice, monkeys, rats
Veklury (remdesivir)COVID-19Cats, hamsters, mice, monkeys
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