Netflix’s ‘Pandemic’ star on a potential coronavirus cure
Distributed Bio president and CEO Jacob Glanville has met with the military to sign an agreement with the Gates Foundation to produce a possible COVID-19 cure.
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California company Distributed Bio believes it has engineered a possible antibody treatment for coronavirus.
"I'm happy to report that we succeeded," Dr. Jacob Glanville told FOX Business' Liz Claman on Monday.
Glanville referenced the microscopic view of coronavirus, pointing to the spikes on the outside of the microbe.
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"We've generated a set of super-potent antibodies that lock onto those spikes, so the virus is no longer infectious," Glanville explained during "The Claman Countdown."
Glanville pushed his preference over an antibody treatment over a vaccine because a vaccine takes so long to develop and test.
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"We can't wait and disrupt our economy and our lives for that long," Glanville insisted. "An antibody treatment is much faster. We can't wait until 2020 once we start our economy."
The doctor believes the sooner an antibody treatment can be produced, the sooner doctors and patients can lower their risk of death.
Glanville, who is well known from his appearance on Netflix's docuseries "Pandemic," first announced the possibility of this on April 1.
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The White House Coronavirus Task Force's Dr. Anthony Fauci didn't appear directly aware of Glanville's specific research when Fox News' John Roberts asked last week.
"I don't know specifically this individual, what they're doing, but I can tell you there's a lot of activity that is centered around a passive transfer of antibodies in the form of convalescent plasma," Fauci responded.
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Fauci went on to explain the idea behind Glanville's research
"It's based on the same principle of if you have a protective antibody passive transfer that could provide not only protection prophylactically but also treatment," Fauci expounded. "This is an old concept. In fact, immunology … was born decades and decades and decades ago with the concept of giving passive transfer of serum to an individual to protect them from an infection."
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Because of this history, Fauci said he "wouldn't be surprised if he and a number of other people are pursuing this," calling it "the right thing to do."
Glanville was delighted Fauci seemed behind his research.