French researchers are using tiny antibody particles extracted from the family of animals that includes camels and llamas to produce a test they say can detect if patients have Covid-19 faster and more accurately than existing methods.

Research indicates that llamas may hold the key to developing an effective therapeutic against Covid-19 as well as the flu, as scientists from the National Institutes of Health isolated promising antibodies from the South American animal.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) synthesized a molecule inspired by llama antibodies called nanobodies that could neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

Nanobodies derived from llamas have neutralized the SARS-CoV-2 spike in the lab, effectively neutralizing the virus, according to research from the UK’s Rosalind Franklin Institute.

New research indicates that llamas may hold the key to flu vaccines.