Dozens of people in West Virginia have been mistakenly given Regeneron's Covid-19 antibody treatment instead of the Moderna vaccine, the West Virginia National Guard introduced Thursday.
The state's National Guard stated 42 people acquired the treatment, which is given intravenously, at a vaccination clinic staffed by the Boone County Health Department. The National Guard stated it realized of the error on Wednesday.
Everyone who acquired the antibody treatment instead of the vaccine, which is given through a shot within the arm, have been contacted, Julie Miller, an administrator for the Boone County Health Department, instructed CNBC by electronic mail. She added that "we do not believe there is any risk of harm."
Regeneron's monoclonal antibody treatment, which must be administered by an IV drip, is seen as a promising treatment for Covid-19 — particularly when administered early on within the course of an infection. But the mix-up in West Virginia is only one instance of confusion within the rush to distributed the vaccine to tens of thousands and thousands of people. The rollout has been slower than anticipated and marked by logistical challenges.
"It has been determined that this was an isolated incident," Miller stated. "All of the affected individuals will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine today."
She stated the well being division will work intently with the state National Guard and the Department of Health and Human Resources to overview its insurance policies and procedures.
Miller didn’t present any particulars on what brought about the mix-up.
Representatives for the West Virginia National Guard and the West Virginia governor's workplace didn’t return CNBC's request for additional touch upon how the error occurred.
Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant basic of the West Virginia National Guard, stated in an announcement that his troops "acted right away" to appropriate the error as quickly as they came upon what occurred. "We immediately reviewed and strengthened our protocols to enhance our distribution process to prevent this from happening again," he stated in an announcement.
He added that the state will proceed to ramp up distribution of the vaccine "to save more and more lives every single day."
Dr. Clay (*42*), the state's Covid-19 Czar, famous in an announcement that the Regeneron treatment mistakenly administered instead of the vaccine is similar product "that was administered to President Trump when he became infected."
"While this injection is not harmful, it was substituted for the vaccine," he stated. "But this occurrence provides our leadership team an important opportunity to review and improve the safety and process of vaccination for each West Virginian."
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