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10/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/21/2021 19:40

Why We Wait Until Things Break to Fix Them

I recently read an article1 that detailed how unvaccinated COVID-19 patients are demanding monoclonal antibodies. The author quotes Dr. Howard Huang, head of Houston Methodist's infusion program, as saying, "I think it's irrational." Why are people who refused the vaccine, because they believe it hasn't been researched enough to be safe, willing to try the monoclonal antibody approach-which also went through an FDA approval process?

In the article, Dr. Amesh Adalja, an emerging infectious-diseases specialist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, calls the situation "paradoxical." He doesn't understand why these people would "refuse a shot that boosts your natural antibodies to prevent COVID, but take an antibody drug to treat it after infection."2