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Covid strain found in South Africa ‘could evade’ Eli Lilly’s antibody drug, CEO warns

  • The Covid variant initially found in South Africa "could evade our medicines," Eli Lilly CEO Dave Ricks told CNBC on Tuesday.
  • "The South African variant … is the one of concern. It has more dramatic mutations to that spike protein, which is the target" of these antibody drugs, Ricks said.
  • By contrast, Ricks said he was confident Lilly's antibody drug would work against the strain initially found in the U.K.

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