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Health officials in West Virginia mistakenly gave 42 people Covid-19 antibodies instead of the vaccine


The recipients were supposed to get their first doses of the #Moderna vaccine on #Wednesday at a clinic run by the #Boone #County #Health #Department, according to a statement from the #West #Virginia #National #Guard.

#Instead, they were given a #Regeneron antibody product, which is used to treat #Covid-19.

“The moment that we were notified of what happened, we acted right away to correct it, and we immediately reviewed and strengthened our protocols to enhance our distribution process to prevent this from happening again,” said #Maj. #Gen. #James #Hoyer, adjutant general of the #West #Virginia #National #Guard, in the statement.

The #National #Guard is leading the planning and logistics for distributing the vaccine.

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The #Boone #County #Health #Department said it has notified the 42 people and offered to give them the #Covid-19 vaccine on #Thursday.

#Officials said it was an isolated incident but did not explain how the mix-up occurred when reached for further comment.

#Regeneron’s antibody cocktail uses a combination of two engineered immune system proteins typically given via infusion — a different method from the injections used in vaccination.

#Boone #County is south of #Charleston, the state capital.

The #National #Guard said that the #Department of #Health and #Human #Resources would follow up with those who received the antibodies as a precaution.

#Dr. #Clay #Marsh, the state’s #Covid-19 czar, said there were no risks to the 42 people.

“The product administered are antibodies that fight COVID-19,” #Marsh said in the statement. “#In fact, this product was the same one that was administered to #President #Trump when he became infected. #While this injection is not harmful, it was substituted for the vaccine. #But this occurrence provides our leadership team an important opportunity to review and improve the safety and process of vaccination for each #West #Virginian.”

The #National #Guard said that 7,855 were vaccinated on #Wednesday in #West #Virginia.

#More than 2.7 million doses of the #Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the #United #States according to the #Centers for #Disease #Control and #Prevention and more than 12.4 million have been distributed.
US officials had promised to vaccinate 20 million people by the end of 2020.
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https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/31/us/west-virginia-coronavirus-vaccine-antibodies-mistake-trnd/index.html

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