The West Virginia National Guard issued a statement on December 31, 2020 stating that it learned on December 30, 2020 that an “error” resulted in 42 people receiving the Regeneron antibody product instead of the Moderna Vaccine. The 42 individuals received the antibody product at a vaccination clinic hosted by staff at the Boone County Health Department.
The West Virginia National Guard statement advised, “Medical experts with the Joint Interagency Task Force do not believe there is any risk of harm to these 42 individuals” and that all individuals that received the antibody product have been contacted or are in the process of being contacted, and the DHHR will also follow-up regularly with all individuals who received the antibody product as an added precaution. These individuals will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible with a priority status.
Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, stated, “The moment that we were notified of what happened, we acted right away to correct it, and we immediately reviewed and strengthened our protocols to enhance our distribution process to prevent this from happening again. I remain incredibly proud of all that our team has accomplished. Our number one goal has been to save lives, and, as we continue to ramp up distribution of the vaccine all across the state, we continue to save more and more lives every single day.”
Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia’s COVID-19 Czar, stated, “The product administered are antibodies that fight COVID-19. In fact, this product was the same one that was administered to President Trump when he became infected. While this injection is not harmful, it was substituted for the vaccine. But this occurrence provides our leadership team an important opportunity to review and improve the safety and process of vaccination for each West Virginian.”
Regeneron is intended to be administered in an intravenous infusion and not by direct injection (the COVID-19 vaccine is injected).
Maj. Gen. James Hoyer stated that the error allegedly occurred during the delivery of a shipment of Regeneron to a distribution hub, where the vials were placed among supplies of the Moderna vaccine. Workers at the hub then apparently included the treatment vials in a shipment of vaccine to Boone County despite the vials of Regeneron and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine being clearly labeled and the boxes in which they were shipped also being clearly labeled as to their contents. The vials of Regeneron and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine are both refrigerated.
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