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Michigan hospitals still battling monoclonal antibody shortage

An illustration of antibodies attacking a coronavirus particle.
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An illustration of antibodies attacking a coronavirus particle.

Michigan hospitals are still battling severe shortages of monoclonal antibodies.

We used to have three types of antibody therapies that helped keep high-risk people with COVID from getting really sick.

But only one of those actually works in people who have the omicron variant.

Dr. Christine Nefcy is with Munson Healthcare in Traverse City.

She says in a recent week, they had nearly 150 COVID patients referred for monoclonal antibody treatment.

But they only had about 60 doses to give.

"It is in very short supply and there is absolutely no guarantee that we'll be able to provide that for you if you contract COVID."

She says getting vaccinated and boosted is still the best way to prevent serious illness.