DeSantis Opens Five New Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Sites

By Leah Leonard, Florida's Voice

January 18, 2022 Updated 2:47 PM ET

January 18, 2022 Updated 12:04 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FCV) – Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) administration opened five new monoclonal antibody therapy treatment sites statewide. 

Monoclonal antibody therapy is used to treat COVID-19. DeSantis called on the federal government earlier this month to increase the supply of monoclonal antibody treatments. 

DeSantis successfully secured 15,000 doses of Regeneron for the people of Florida, which will support the five new monoclonal antibody sites. Florida expanded state-run treatment sites throughout the pandemic statewide. These sites are lifesaving and beneficial, especially to vulnerable populations. 

The monoclonal antibody therapy treatments are for people who are already infected with COVID-19. Monoclonal treatments aid the immune system to recognize and respond to the COVID-19 virus. Monoclonals can prevent severe illness. Treatments also reduce the risk of death and hospitalization by 70-85%.

The five new treatment sites are located in Broward County, Duval County, Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, and Seminole County. All of these sites are open seven days a week. 

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