Last summer, Florida became was one of the heaviest promoters of monoclonal antibody treatments (MAB) for its residents infected with Covid-19. By September, Florida was buying treatments directly from pharmaceutical manufacturers. But since then, the federal government's Human and Health Services (HHS) has stepped in to control the distribution and allocation of such treatments.
Monoclonal antibodies are lab-produced, synthetic versions of human disease-fighting antibodies. They are designed to restore, mimic, inhibit or enhance immune system functions.
There are currently three types of antibody treatments in use for Covid-19 that have been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) under an emergency use authorization (EUA). The therapies are usually said to be reserved for those who are at most risk of severe illness and disease from Covid-19.
In clinical trials, monoclonal antibody treatment showed a 70% reduction in hospitalization and death... For high-risk patients who have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, Regeneron can give you temporary immunity to decrease your odds of catching the infection by over 80%.'Florida Department of Health - Monoclonal Antibody Locator
Florida's Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis, held a press conference on January 3, stating that a brief pause HHS had placed on two of the three treatments December 23 had been lifted and the state is expecting its supply of the antibodies to increase in the days ahead.
DeSantis is asking the federal government to send between 30,000 and 40,000 more doses of monoclonal antibody treatments to Florida per week to meet the demand.
DeSantis said that the Biden administration's initial decision to pause shipments of Regeneron and Eli Lilly treatments was based on “some preliminary study” suggesting that they might not be as effective against Omicron. However, regardless of its effectiveness with Omicron, scientists say the Delta variant is still in wide circulation in Florida, so the monoclonal treatments are in demand.
Florida's Department of Health designed and created an extensive website that allows people to find MAB treatments currently available in their area. The site also helps facilitate appointments.
The website's homepage, featured below, also provides information about Covid-19 vaccines and Covid-19 testing sites.
The website is comprehensive and includes a map that can quickly identify the MAB locations and treatments provided at a particular location.
Click here to access Florida's Monoclonal Antibody website.
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