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Thu Aug 26 22:41:55 PDT 2021

Florida Surpasses 10,000 Monoclonal Antibody Treatments

Authored by Jannis Falkenstern via The Epoch Times,

The state of Florida has administrered more than 10,000 doses of the
monoclonal antibodies treatment at state-sponsored sites since since
Florida began rolling out the program two weeks ago, the office of
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) told The Epoch Times.

Demand for the treatment is high and is expected to go higher as word
gets out and new sites are continuing to open throughout the state,
Christina Pushaw, the governor’s press secretary, said.

The 10,000 doses administered at state-sponsored sites do not include
treatment administrered at infusion centers at clinics and hospitals
around the state.

Baptist Health South Florida’s Dr. Oscar Hernandez says he refers five
to six patients for the treatment every day.

    “The state is doing their part,” Hernandez said. “Doctors need to
be more proactive in recommending the monoclonals to high-risk
patients who test positive for COVID-19.”

He said people need to know their options after they test positive for
COVID-19. He recommends a fact sheet be distributed to patients at
drive-through testing sites.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party)
virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.
Fauci Touts Effectiveness of Monoclonal Antibodies

Tuesday, the White House Chief Medical Adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci
touted the effectiveness of Monoclonal Antibodies. He estimatesd that
the treatment could reduce hospitalization by up to 85 percent. Fauci
encouraged anyone with suppressed immune systems as well as other
mitigating factors take advantage of the treatment.

    “Bottom line is this is a very effective intervention for
COVID-19. It is underutilized, and we recommend strongly that we
utilize this to its fullest,” Fauci said at the press conference on

Flagler County Health Department Administrator, Bob Snyder received
his COVID-19 vaccine in January 2021, but because of an underlying
health condition contracted COVID-19 about six weeks ago.

Initially, he did not know what was wrong because the symptoms were so
mild, he thought he was just “run down” from his busy work life.

    “It was sunny and 95 degrees and I’m freezing,” Snyder said. “I
thought to myself, I’ve got to go to bed.”

Snyder said it occurred to him that he may be one of the breakout
cases he had read about and went to the local pharmacy and bought an
in-home COVID-19 test. It was positive. That prompted Snyder to call a
colleague who is a doctor. The doctor had two words for him:
Monoclonal Antibodies.

    “I went to my local emergency room, and they gave me the
Monoclonals by IV,” he said.

    “Within 24 hours I was 50 percent back to normal and by 72 hours I
was 100 percent back.”

Florida Resident Feels Blessed to Have Access to Treatment

Broward County resident Renee Post sends her 70-year-old mother to a
skilled nursing facility during the day while she works. The facility
tested residents for COVID-19 every 36 hours.

    “I was picking my mother up from the skilled nursing facility and
they wouldn’t let us leave until after my mother tested negative for
COVID,” Post said.

    “Then the nurse came running out to my car and told us we couldn’t
leave because my mom had tested positive for COVID.”

Post said she recalled seeing a news report on the monoclonal
antibodies and knew what she needed to do.

    “I had her transported to Broward Health and they were well
organized and took her right away and in two hours she walked out,”
she said.

Post said that her mother had the “sniffles” the next day but
otherwise you could not tell she had even been sick. Post said her
mother is obese and suffers from a “myriad of health problems.”

    “She would have been another statistic if I had not taken her and
known about the monoclonals,” she said.

    “I feel so blessed to have had access to this treatment for her
and I know if we had waited, we would’ve had a different outcome.”

Post said her mother was unvaccinated because her mother had a urinary
tract infection and other underlying conditions.

Post said she works primarily from home but has coworkers
internationally who have been affected by the virus.

    “I see what it [the virus] can do,” she said. “I have lost 22
co-workers in India.”

If she were to contract COVID-19, Post said she will seek the
treatment for herself because she sees “what a miracle” the treatment

This week DeSantis is opening more treatment sites, inckuding one at
The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida.

Pushaw, the governor’s press secretary, said of the 10,000 treatment
landmark: “If even 50 percent of those people were saved from needing
hospitalization, that is 5,000 patients who would otherwise have been
hospitalized—a huge number, almost a third of our total COVID hospital
census… This rollout is definitely saving lives.”

The monoclonal antibodies can prevent hospitalization or death in
high-risk patients with COVID-19 and is widely available in Florida.
Individuals 12 years and older, who are high-risk and have contracted
or been exposed to COVID-19, are eligible for this treatment.
Treatment is free and vaccination status does not matter.

Similarly in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott set up sites around the state
beginning November 2020 and used Bamlanivimab, the Eli Lilly & Company
monoclonal antibody therapy. It was the first to garner FDA approval
followed by Regeneron.

When former President Donald Trump made a full recovery from COVID-19
after using monoclonals, he instructed the federal government to buy
hundreds of thousands of doses of the two monoclonal treatment drugs
and allocate supplies to the states, which would in turn determine
distribution to hospitals and healthcare facilities. The doses were
allocated to states and U.S. territories based on their share of
hospitalized and infected patients.

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