At least 7 million people who are immunocompromised could benefit from it, as could many others who are undergoing cancer treatment, have received a transplant, or who are allergic to the COVID-19 vaccines. The medication has laboratory-produced antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and helps the body protect itself. It can slash the chances of becoming infected by 77%, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
And it’s free to eligible patients (although there may be an out-of-pocket administrative fee in some cases).
Despite all those lifesaving benefits, fewer than 25% of available doses have been used.
To meet demand, the Biden administration secured 1.7 million doses of the medicine, which was granted emergency use authorization by the FDA in December 2021. As of July 25, however, 793,348 doses have been ordered by the administration sites, and only 398,181 doses have been reported as used, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) tells Medscape Medical News.