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Initial signs that unvaccinated also refusing lifesaving antibody treatment

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Unvaccinated people who contract the coronavirus are apparently also refusing to accept the antibody treatment that could prevent them from getting seriously sick or dying, a health provider said on Saturday.

Last Thursday, Israel began to widely administer Regeneron’s under-the-skin injection synthetic antibody treatment to COVID-19 patients with a risk of developing a serious disease, prioritizing the unvaccinated who are far more likely to deteriorate.

According to the report by Channel 12 news, the Meuhedet health fund offered the treatment to seven unvaccinated patients who were in danger of becoming seriously ill.

Only one of them agreed to accept the treatment, compared to six who refused.

The health fund said that, in comparison, the drug was offered to two vaccinated people who both agreed to immediately start the regimen.

The report said that health professionals believe this could be a pattern that they start to see as the use of the drug becomes more widespread.

“As soon as we got the green light to use Regeneron, the control center has been working to find suitable candidates for the treatment. We reach out to them to explain it to them and try to convince them to receive it, but I share in the frustration of my staff,” Dr. Erez Carmon, head of medical services at the coronavirus command center for Meuhedet.

“Despite the explanations, unvaccinated patients won’t accept the Regeneron treatment. They say that they are under heavy pressure from the community and their family to refrain from it. Fortunately, most vaccinated people express a willingness to treat and protect themselves. There’s a very small window of opportunity to defend yourself, it’s just a shame to miss it,” he said.


© The Times of Israel

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