COVID-19 preventative treatment available in the Tennessee Valley
COVID-19 preventative treatment available in the Tennessee Valley

COVID-19 preventative treatment available in the Tennessee Valley

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – Last week, the United States exceeded one million COVID deaths. More than 19,000 of those deaths were in Alabama. But if another wave comes, hospitals will be better equipped with tools to save lives.

Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Ali Hassoun says Evusheld is readily available at Huntsville Hospital. It is a preventative treatment for primarily immunocompromised people, especially when the vaccine is an ineffective treatment. This is a problem for some people who are receiving cancer treatment or who have certain organ transplants.

“Certain types of patients who are vaccinated and at high risk may not have a good immune response and they need a good way to prevent in addition to the vaccination,” said Dr. Hassoun. “So they need vaccination, but you need another prevention.”

It is a monoclonal antibody treatment that stays in the immune system for six months.

President Biden’s administration ordered 850,000 doses to hospitals across the country, many of which are in northern Alabama.

According to the New York Times, about 80 percent of the available doses have not been used.

Huntsville Hospital’s infectious disease doctor Ali Hassoun says there is enough to walk around Huntsville. He advises patients to talk to their doctor if they are interested in Evusheld.

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