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posted on 2023-01-08, 20:52 authored by Susan Keam


Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Authorship and Conflict of interest During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from any comments received were made by the authors on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy. Susan J. Keam is a contracted employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, and declares no relevant conflicts of interest. All authors contributed to the review and are responsible for the article content.

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Nirsevimab (Beyfortus®), a long-acting intramuscular recombinant neutralising human IgG1ĸ monoclonal antibody to the prefusion conformation of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) F protein that has been modified with a triple amino acid substitution in the Fc region to extend the serum half-life, is being jointly developed by AstraZeneca and Sanofi for the prevention of RSV disease. The extended serum half-life allows administration of nirsevimab as a single dose to cover the RSV season. Nirsevimab was approved in the EU on 3 November 2022 and in the UK on 7 November 2022 for the prevention of RSV lower respiratory tract disease in neonates and infants during their first RSV season. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of nirsevimab leading to this first approval for the prevention of RSV disease in all infants. 

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