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Topics in Antiviral Medicine ; 31(2):114, 2023.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2315751


Background: Reliable biomarkers of COVID-19 severity and outcomes are critically needed for clinical and research applications. We evaluated associations between anti-Spike IgG and SARS-COV-2 nucleocapsid antigen (N Ag) in plasma with clinical outcomes in outpatients with COVID-19. Method(s): We used data from 229 non-hospitalized, US-based adults with COVID-19 who enrolled between January and July 2021 into the placebo arm of the ACTIV-2/A5401 platform trial within 10 days of symptom onset. Pretreatment (day 0) plasma was analyzed by the quantitative Simoa SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibody (anti-Spike) assay (lower limit of quantification [LLoQ] 0.77ug/ mL), and the quantitative Simoa SARS-CoV-2 N Protein Advantage (Quanterix) measuring N Ag (LLoQ 3pg/mL). In addition to analyses for < LLoQ vs >=LLoQ anti-Spike and N Ag, we categorized participants into five N Ag groups (< 3 pg/ml;3-< 100 pg/ml;100-< 1,000 pg/ml;1,000-< 2,500 pg/ml;>=2,500 pg/ ml). Associations between SARS-CoV-2 anti-Spike and N Ag levels and clinical outcomes (all-cause hospitalization/death through day 28 and time to symptom improvement or resolution for two consecutive days from day 0 status) were estimated using log-binomial and Cox regression models, respectively. Result(s): At day 0, 40% had anti-Spike levels >=LLoQ and 64% of participants had plasma N Ag levels >=LLoQ. Participants with anti-Spike levels < LLoQ compared to those who had quantifiable anti-Spike at day 0, had an increased risk of hospitalization/death (16% vs 2%, RR [95% confidence interval (CI)]: 7.3 [1.8, 30.1]), and a significantly longer time to symptom improvement (median [Q1, Q3] 14 days [8, >27] vs 9 days [4, 16], hazard ratio [HR]: 0.6 [95%: CI: 0.4, 0.8], p< 0.001). Participants with higher N Ag levels at day 0 had an increased risk of hospitalization or death, ranging from 1% for < 3 pg/ml to 70% for >=2500 pg/ml (Figure). Compared to individuals who had N Ag levels < LLoQ at day 0, those in the highest category of N Ag levels (>=2500 pg/mL) experienced a significantly longer time to symptom improvement (median [Q1, Q3]: 25 days [13, >27] vs 10 days [5, 20];HR: 0.4 [95% CI: 0.2, 0.7];p=0.04). Conclusion(s): At study entry, the absence of Spike antibodies and higher levels of plasma SARS-CoV-2 N Ag predicted hospitalizations and death in untreated outpatients with COVID-19. These parameters may serve as informative biomarkers for risk stratification in the evaluation of outpatients with COVID-19. (Figure Presented).

Topics in Antiviral Medicine ; 31(2):286, 2023.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2314388


Background: Whether early antiviral therapy reduces the risk of Long COVID is not known. The combination SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies amubarvimab+romlusevimab (A+R) were highly effective in reducing 28-day all-cause hospitalization/death among high-risk adults with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in the randomized, placebo-controlled ACTIV-2/A5401 trial. We assessed the impact of A+R on late outcomes including Long COVID in ACTIV-2. Method(s): A long-term (LT) symptom diary and 2 health-related quality of life questionnaires (EQ-5D-5L and SF-36v2) were completed at week 36. The primary analysis compared the proportion of participants with the composite outcome of self-reported Long COVID (having any COVID-19 symptoms present on a global assessment question in LT diary) at week 36, or hospitalization or death by week 36 between A+R and placebo using regression models with inverse probability weighting to account for incomplete outcome data;supplemental analysis compared the proportion with Long COVID among those alive. Other analyses were restricted to observed data only. Result(s): 807 were randomized and received A+R (n=405) or placebo (n=402) from Jan-July 2021. At entry, median age was 49 years, 51% were female, >99% cis-gender, 17% Black/African American, 50% Hispanic/Latino, and 9% previously received COVID vaccination. 70 (17%) on A+R and 93 (23%) on placebo met the primary outcome;113 (14%) had incomplete data for determining the outcome (Figure 1). Accounting for incomplete data, weighted Risk Ratio [wRR]=0.74;95% CI: 0.56, 0.97;p=0.03. The difference was driven by fewer hospitalizations/deaths in the A+R arm (5%) than placebo arm (15%), particularly by day 28. Excluding 12 participants who died by week 36, frequency of Long COVID was similar in the arms, 16% for A+R and 14% for placebo (wRR=1.09;95%CI: 0.75, 1.58;p=0.64). There were no differences in the proportions reporting return to pre-COVID health (global assessment) or individual symptoms, or in number of symptoms reported or distribution of worst symptom severity. RRs favored the A+R arm on several EQ-5D-5L domains, but none met statistical significance. No differences were observed on SF-36v2 assessments. Conclusion(s): While A+R was highly effective in preventing all-cause hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk outpatients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19, there was no meaningful effect of treatment on measures of Long COVID at 36 weeks. Additional interventions are needed for Long COVID prevention. (Figure Presented).

Topics in Antiviral Medicine ; 31(2):69, 2023.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2313700


Background: Amubarvimab and romlusevimab are anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that significantly reduced the risk of hospitalizations or death in the ACTIV-2/A5401 trial. SARS-CoV-2 variants (e.g., Delta, Epsilon, Lambda) harbor mutations against romlusevimab. We evaluated viral kinetics and resistance emergence in individuals treated with mono versus dual-active mAbs. Method(s): The study population included 789 non-hospitalized participants at high risk of progression to severe COVID-19 enrolled in the ACTIV-2/ A5401 platform trial (NCT04518410) and received either placebo (n=400) or amubarvimab plus romlusevimab (n=389). Anterior nasal (AN) swabs were collected for SARS-CoV-2 RNA testing on days 0-14, and 28. Spike (S) gene nextgeneration sequencing were performed on samples collected at study entry and the last sample with viral load >=2 log10 SARS-CoV-2 RNA copies per ml. We compared viral load kinetics and resistance emergence with single versus dual-active mAbs by categorizing participants as harboring variants sensitive to amubarvimab alone (Delta, Epsilon, Lambda, Mu) versus those sensitive to both mAbs (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Others). Result(s): Study participants receiving single and dual-active mAbs had similar demographics, baseline AN viral load, baseline symptom score and duration since symptom onset. The most common SARS-CoV-2 variant in the study population was Delta (26%) followed by Gamma (19%), Alpha (12%), and Epsilon (10%). In those with successful sequencing, 37% (N=111) were infected with a variant sensitive to amubarvimab alone and 63% (N=188) were infected with a variant sensitive to both mAbs. Compared to treatment with a singleactive mAb, treatment with dual-active mAbs led to faster viral load decline at study day 3 (p=0.0001) and day 7 (p=0.003). Treatment-emergent resistance mutations were significantly more likely to be detected after amubarvimab plus romlusevimab treatment than placebo (2.6% vs 0%, P=0.0008). mAb resistance was also more frequently detected in the setting of single-active mAb treatment compared to dual-active mAb treatment (7.2% vs 1.1%, p=0.007). Participants with emerging mAb resistance had significantly higher pretreatment SARS-CoV-2 nasal viral RNA levels. Conclusion(s): Compared to single-active mAb therapy, dual-active mAb therapy led to significantly faster viral load decline and lower risk of emerging mAb resistance. Combination mAb therapy should be prioritized for the next generation of mAb therapeutics.

Topics in Antiviral Medicine ; 30(1 SUPPL):246, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1880203


Background: Randomized COVID-19 trials provide opportunities to describe post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC)-related symptom burden longitudinally and assess the impact of early use of antivirals on PASC prevalence. Methods: ACTIV-2 evaluates safety and efficacy of investigational agents for non-hospitalized adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 in a Phase II/III trial. In Phase II, participants were randomized within 10 days of symptom onset and a positive SARS-CoV-2 virologic test to receive bamlanivimab (BAM) or placebo as a single infusion at 7000mg (n=94) or 700mg (n=225). In a subsequent single-arm open-label study, 1059 participants received 700mg BAM. Participants completed a 13-symptom daily diary from enrollment through Day 28. A long-term (LT) diary (14 additional symptoms) introduced after the study was underway was completed by a subset of individuals every 12 weeks. We report Week 24 findings. Results: Between Aug 2020 to Feb 2021 605 participants enrolled and completed LT diary at Week 24 [Phase II: 7000mg vs. placebo (n=25);700mg vs. placebo (n=68);single-arm open-label cohort: 700mg (n=512)]. Median age was 50 years, 51% female sex, 99% identified as cis-gender, 5% Black/African American, and 35% Hispanic/Latino. At enrollment, 53% reported ≥1 high-risk comorbidity and 0.3% were vaccinated against COVID-19. By Week 24, 14% (87/605) had not returned to their pre-COVID-19 health by self-report, with 57% (50/87) reporting ≥3 PASC symptoms. The most common symptoms were fatigue (45% of 87), smell disorder (36%), breathing difficulties (30%), taste disorders (25%), musculoskeletal pain (26%) or weakness (23%), and cognitive complaints: difficulty concentrating/thinking (30%), difficulty reasoning and solving problems (21%), memory loss (25%) and insomnia (23%). Most reported symptoms as "mild". Participants who reported acute viral illness symptoms between Days 22-28 were more likely to report PASC symptoms at Week 24 than those who did not report symptoms at Days 22-28 [51% (164/320) vs. 27% (76/285);p<0.0001]. Conclusion: In outpatients with mild to moderate COVID-19, 14% had not returned to pre-COVID-19 health by 24 weeks post infection, with generally mild but multiple symptoms. Presence of acute viral illness symptoms at 3-4 weeks was associated with an increased risk of PASC symptoms months later. Larger placebo-controlled studies within ACTIV-2 will assess the potential for early antiviral therapies to mitigate or prevent PASC.

Open Forum Infectious Diseases ; 8(SUPPL 1):S807-S808, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1746276


Background. SARS-CoV-2 continues to spread and the development of safe and effective therapeutics for the prevention of severe disease remains a priority. BRII-196 and BRII-198 are non-competing anti-SARS-CoV-2 mAbs with YTE triple amino acid substitution in Fc to extend half-life and reduce receptor binding, that are being studied for treatment of COVID-19 in the ACTIV-2 Trial, sponsored by NIAID and led by ACTG. Methods. ACTIV-2 evaluates safety/efficacy of investigational agents for treatment of non-hospitalized adults with mild-moderate COVID-19 under a randomized, blinded, controlled adaptive platform. BRII-196/BRII-198 (1000 mg each) as a single dose given as sequential infusions, or placebo to those at high risk of clinical progression (i.e., age ≥ 60 years or presence of other medical conditions) within 10 days of symptom onset and positive test for SARS-CoV-2. The primary endpoint was hospitalization and/or death through day 28. We report Phase 3 BRII-196/BRII-198 trial results per DSMB recommendation following an interim analysis. Results. Between January and July 2021, 837 participants (418 active, 419 placebo) from sites in the US (66%), Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina and the Philippines were randomized and received study product at time of emerging variants. Median age 49 years (Q1, Q3: 39, 58), 51% female, 17% Black/African-American and 49% Hispanic/Latino, with median 6 days from symptom onset. At interim analysis 71% and 97% had a day 28 and 7 visit, respectively. For all available data at interim review, BRII-196/BRII-198 compared to placebo had fewer hospitalizations (12 vs. 45) and deaths (1 vs. 9). At day 28 of follow-up, there was an estimated 78% reduction in hospitalization and/or death (2.4 vs. 11.1%), relative risk 0.22 (95% CI: 0.05, 0.86), P=0.00001 (nominal one-sided). Grade 3 or higher adverse events (AEs) were observed less frequently among BRII-196/BRII-198 participants than placebo (3.8% vs. 13.4%) with no severe infusion reactions or drug related serious AEs. Conclusion. BRII-196/BRII-198 was safe, well-tolerated, and demonstrated significant reduction compared to placebo in the risk of hospitalization and/or death among adults with mild-moderate COVID-19 at high risk for progression to severe disease.