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FDOH announces shutdown of monoclonal antibody sites statewide

The decision was made after some evidence suggested the treatments are ineffective against the...
The decision was made after some evidence suggested the treatments are ineffective against the Omicron variant.(WCJB)
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 11:06 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Floridians will no longer be able to turn to a monoclonal antibody site to get treatment for COVID-19.

The Florida Department of Health announced Monday night it is closing down all of the monoclonal antibody sites statewide, after the FDA revised its Emergency Use Authorizations for two monoclonal antibodies, meaning providers can no longer use these treatments.

FDOH says individuals with appointments will be directly contacted regarding cancellations.

In a statement, the FDOH says, “The state of Florida disagrees with the decision that blocks access to any available treatments in the absence of clinical evidence. To date, such clinical evidence has not been provided by the FDA.”

The Biden Administration has stressed that the treatments do not prove to be effective against the Omicron strain of the virus, which is now the dominant one across the country.

Multiple states, including Florida, have still been proponents of the treatment.

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