Regeneron monoclonal antibodies mistakenly given to 42 people instead of Moderna vaccine

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Over three dozen people were mistakenly given the Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment instead of the Moderna vaccine, at a clinic hosted by staff at the Boone County Health Department, the West Virginia National Guard announced. They received the antibody product, intramuscularly. Regeneron is a drug cocktail consisting of antibodies designed to fight COVID-19. If administred, it is normally given as an intravenous infusion. Medical experts with the Joint Interagency Task Force do not believe there is any risk of harm to these 42 individuals. “It has been determined that this was an isolated incident,” Julie Miller, an administrator for the Boone County Health Department, told media.

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Because there is currently no data on the safety and efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in persons who received monoclonal antibodies as part of COVID-19 treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that “ should be deferred for at least 90 days, as a precautionary measure until additional information becomes available. Despite the CDC’s recommendation the West Virginia National Guard told that “all 42 individuals are being offered the vaccine today.”