UNDATED (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging hospitals and doctors to make greater use of antibody treatments for people infected with COVID-19 as hospitalizations and deaths rise due to the spread of the delta variant. Infusions of antibody drugs can keep patients who are experiencing mild-to-moderate symptoms from getting so sick they need hospitalization. They can also serve as a preventive treatment for people exposed to someone with an infection. Three antibody products are available under emergency use authorization from the FDA and they’re free. But Fauci says they remain “a much-underutilized intervention.” However, demand for the drugs increased five-fold last month to nearly 110,000 doses, with the majority going to states with low vaccination rates.
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Photo: A nurse enters a monoclonal antibody site, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. Numerous sites are open around the state offering monoclonal antibody treatment sold by Regeneron to people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)