42 people expecting COVID vaccine get antibody treatment in mix-up

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Forty-two people in West Virginia who were supposed to receive the Moderna coronavirus vaccine instead got the Regeneron antibody treatment — due to a mix-up at a county clinic, the state’s National Guard admitted Thursday.

The error occurred at an event hosted by staff at the Boone County Health Department on Wednesday, and those who received the antibody treatment will be monitored as a precaution, the West Virginia National Guard said in a statement.

Medical experts with the state’s COVID-19 task force say they don’t believe the 42 individuals face any risk or harm. The National Guard added the individuals will be vaccinated with a priority status.

“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.

Officials did not clarify how the mistake was made.

The state’s COVID-19 czar, Dr. Clay Marsh, reassured the Regeneron antibody treatment is safe and was received by President Trump.

“The product administered are antibodies that fight COVID-19,” said Marsh. “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.

Trump touted Regeneron’s effectiveness when he became infected with the virus in October. The Food and Drug Administration granted the treatment emergency use authorization in November.

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