Report: States like Ala. report dwindling supply of antibody treatments amid federal rationing

Health care workers work inside the Regeneron Clinic at a monoclonal antibody treatment site in Pembroke Pines, Florida, on August 19, 2021. - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the opening of the Covid-19 antibody treatment site. DeSantis continues to promote the monoclonal antibody treatments as cases and hospitalizations spike in Florida. Starting Wednesday, C.B. Smith Park will start offering the antibody treatment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The site will be able to treat over 300 patients a day. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Health care workers work inside the Regeneron Clinic at a monoclonal antibody treatment site in Pembroke Pines, Florida, on August 19, 2021. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

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States like Alabama say a federal rationing of monoclonal antibody treatments will hamper its fight against coronavirus. According to recent reports, some Alabama medical centers said they’ve already run out of the treatments with others struggling to find enough.

A jump in demand for the treatment has had some officials claiming there is a national shortage. This comes after the treatment’s popularity has grown since being deemed successful in holding off the effects of COVID.

Alabama public health officials said they’ll know how much of an impact the rationing will have in the coming week.

Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris commented on the shortage and the uncertainty for the future. “I mean, I’m hopeful it doesn’t mean a cut for us, but really at this point I’m just not sure. We just haven’t seen their formula exactly and don’t know how it’s going to play out,” he said.

In the meantime in Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott (R) received the treatment when he tested positive for the virus, health officials there have said they’re concerned as well. The treatment has been described as a “pillar” in the fight against the surge in Texas.

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