Governor’s Update - January 26

CHARLESTON — During Wednesday’s briefing, Gov. Justice highlighted the FDA’s recent announcement that they are no longer permitting the use of the two major monoclonal antibody treatments.

In their announcement, the FDA said that these two treatments are highly unlikely to be effective against the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

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While these monoclonal antibody treatments are no longer authorized for use in West Virginia at this time, there are several other therapies that are currently available, including another brand of monoclonal antibodies and two oral pills that work against the Omicron variant and are approved for the treatment of patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk for severe disease, including hospitalization or death.

West Virginia Coronavirus Czar Dr. Clay Marsh joined Gov. Justice’s briefing to explain the FDA’s decision to halt the use of these types of antibody treatments for the time being.

The governor went on to announce that 206 West Virginia National Guard members have now been authorized to deploy to 26 medical facilities across the state as part of the WVNG’s mission to provide staffing support to West Virginia hospitals in the face of the current surge.

“We continue to thank our National Guard in every way for their help, day in and day out at our hospitals,” Gov. Justice said.

“The overwhelming majority of the folks that are in the hospitals and are sick and on ventilators and are in the ICU units are unvaccinated,” Gov. Justice continued. “I’ve said it again and again: we need to get all of our people vaccinated and boosted.

“We don’t want to have our hospitals overrun, but we’re on the brink right now. We can’t afford for you to wait any longer. Please get vaccinated and boosted.”