UPDATED 1:20 PM PT – Thursday, August 26, 2021
A new COVID-19 antibody treatment center has opened in Fort Worth, Texas. On Wednesday, Texas Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Jennifer Shuford said the monoclonal antibody treatment would be offered to a wide variety of people.
The treatment, known as Regeneron, was used by both President Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) when they tested positive for COVID-19. The treatment would be available for free at the newly opened center.
Various other centers have opened in the state of Texas. Abbott announced a new opening in Nacogdoches was set for Friday morning.
A new #COVID19 antibody infusion center will open in Nacogdoches tomorrow morning.
This treatment is free and available to all Texans who test positive for COVID-19 and have a doctor’s referral.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) August 26, 2021
Shuford went on to explain the procedure was relatively simple.
“Most people will be getting this by IV infusion. So, they’ll take the antibody mixture and put it in a bag of saline and infuse that for over about an hour,” she explained. “People will need to be monitored for an hour after that just to make sure they’re not having any side effects to the medication.”
The Fort Worth location has been equipped to treat up to 90 patients per day.