Netflix 'Pandemic' doctor says he may have coronavirus cure

Published By Alexandra Heilbron on Apr 01, 2020

Dr. Jacob GlanvilleSan Francisco doctor Jacob Glanville, who can be seen in the Netflix series Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak, says he may have found a cure for the coronavirus.

Dr. Glanville, who is the co-founder and CEO of the biotech company Distributed Bio, spoke on the Radio New Zealand show Checkpoint to say, “I’m happy to report that my team has successfully taken five antibodies that back in 2002 were determined to bind and neutralize, block and stop the SARS virus. We’ve evolved them in our laboratory, so now they very vigorously block and stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus as well.”

The only drawback is that the antibodies would protect for only eight to 10 weeks. He calls the therapy: “sort of like a short-term vaccine, except it works immediately.” He went on to claim, “You could give it to a patient who’s sick, experiencing COVID-19, then within 20 minutes of receiving the shot, their body is flooded with those antibodies. Those antibodies will surround and stick all over a virus and make it so it’s no longer infectious. You could also give it to a doctor or a nurse or an elderly person and they would then have those antibodies in them that would prevent them from getting infected in the first place.”

The U.S. military will conduct tests on the antibodies, while another laboratory will screen the medication to make sure it's safe for humans. "That’s a trial where you give it to a series of 400 to 600 people who are in hospitals experiencing symptoms, and then you watch over the next five to 10 days to see whether it helped or not," Glanville explained.

He estimates that human trials will start at the end of the summer. ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Bob • 4/2/2020 9:42:16 AM

    Why are you giving people false hope. Antibodies only kills BACTERIA, not viruses. Covid-19 is a virus, member of the coronavirus family. And the medications that helped fight the SARS virus did not kill the SARS virus but was only able to treat the symptoms caused by SARS. If you have information on the Covid-19 then you need to share it with all world medical scientific establishments that are working hard in finding a way out this pandemic. Instead of trying to get media attention.

  2. Randy • 4/2/2020 10:20:16 AM

    I agree with you bob

  3. Donna • 4/2/2020 10:35:16 AM

    Antibodies are the natural reaction your body has to any “invaders”. Your body produces them for virus too. I think you may be confusing antibodies with antibiotics - which are the treatment for bacterial infections.

  4. Celina • 4/2/2020 10:39:20 AM

    Exactly what Bob said! ( Bob April 2, 2020 @ 9:42 AM) Shame on you tribute! Where are the links to peer reviewed Scientific research to support what this "doctor" claims? People are worried and frightened so more prone to believe. To post this implies support, ergo, this is irresponsible and at the very least careless of your fellow humans wellbeing.

  5. RL • 4/2/2020 10:43:02 AM

    Jeebus... before you comment as if you know what you're talking about, do yourself a favor and at least google the terms you're using. "The term "antibody" refers to its function, which is to bind to an antigen." That's taken from the first entry in Google when you type "antibody". And if you don't want to bother reading something in Google, then at least try to read the article, because, what's that nonesense about "Antibodies only kills BACTERIA, not viruses."? Where does the article says that the antibodies will kill the virus? It says that they will render the virus "no longer infectious". I have more hope on this doctor coming up with a solution, or at least help in the fight, than of morons actually stop being morons in the Internet.

  6. CB • 4/2/2020 10:48:08 AM

    Two thumbs up for Donna and RL!! :D Too bad people are still hating at a time like this, unwarranted on top of that :/

  7. Jordan • 4/2/2020 10:56:42 AM

    Glad some of you know more than this highly respected doctor who has worked in the field of stopping viruses for years. How about you let the experts do the talking. This isn't a miracle cure, it isn't tested yet, but what if he's onto something and by summer, people can be cured? You'll be singing out the other side of your mouths then. And there's nothing wrong with having hope. What would be so terrible about that in a time like this.

  8. Neil • 4/2/2020 6:23:47 PM

    It is sad how the haters and those with the loudest voices tend to have the lowest intelligence. What’s tragic is they never even recognize that that’s their problem in life. Wishing you the best

  9. Bob • 4/2/2020 8:51:31 PM

    Donna + RL + CB --- Before you make comments on my level of understanding the difference between an Antibody and Antibiotics, I would suggest you read the article more carefully. It talks about using ANTIBODIES, not antibiotics to develop an anti-viral medication which the author himself state that when he did this with SARS, it wasn't that successful.

  10. Diana • 4/3/2020 12:00:30 AM

    HOW VACCINES WORK A vaccine works by training the immune system to recognize and combat pathogens, either viruses or bacteria. To do this, certain molecules from the pathogen must be introduced into the body to trigger an immune response. These molecules are called antigens, and they are present on all viruses and bacteria. By injecting these antigens into the body, the immune system can safely learn to recognize them as hostile invaders, produce antibodies, and remember them for the future. If the bacteria or virus reappears, the immune system will recognize the antigens immediately and attack aggressively well before the pathogen can spread and cause sickness. Some known viruses we use vaccines got measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, small pox, the flu.......

  11. Mark • 4/3/2020 11:30:44 PM

    Bob, Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt. It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt. Your second post just proved their point again.

  12. Shelley Butcher • 4/4/2020 8:06:55 PM

    Hey Bob, I reread the article and nowhere did the author state that when they did this with Sars that it wasn't that successful. I would suggest that YOU reread the article and not comment.

  13. Whm • 4/9/2020 8:46:22 PM

    Bob must have gone to the same medical school as Donald Trump. Antibodies are the bodies army against bacterial or viral invaders. That's taught in grade 8 or 9 . So we aren't on your level we've evolved. If hes really done this and it has no I'll effects we can use it on all then reapply when needed and get on with life to a certain extent till they create a long term treatment.

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