Dr. Fauci Promotes Early Use Of Monoclonal Antibodies

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Dr. Anthony Fauci encouraged COVID-19 patients to receive a “much-underutilized intervention” during a press briefing Wednesday.

“Early treatment with anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies can reduce the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization or death by 70 to 85%,” said Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden. “It is important to emphasize that this must be done early in infection and not wait, of course, until a person is sick enough to be hospitalized. That’s when you get the best effect.”

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis faced backlash for his recommendation of monoclonal antibodies treatment earlier in August. The Associated Press (AP) seemed to imply DeSantis had a vested interest in supporting the treatment, according to Fox News. (RELATED: Florida Pushes Antibody Treatments After Record COVID-19 Hospitalizations)

AP also stated in their report, “experts agree that keeping people out of the hospital is a top priority, but say vaccines — not treatments for people after they get sick – are the best way to do that.”