Gov. Ron DeSantis opens monoclonal antibody clinic in The Villages

Fifth state-run clinic in Central Florida

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THE VILLAGES, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference in The Villages Wednesday afternoon to announce the opening of a new monoclonal antibody treatment center.

The governor was joined by the Florida Department of Emergency Management Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth Scheppke at the Barnstorm Theater.

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According to the governor, the treatment site will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the ability to offer more than 300 treatments each day.

Wednesday’s opening follows the governor’s other Florida stops announcing of new monoclonal antibody treatment centers.

DeSantis said the state-run sites are offering Regeneron-brand treatments, which he says have been proven effective against the delta variant.

“The results have been really, really positive and we want to keep up the momentum,” the governor said. “This has been something now, where we have in all corners of the state and by tomorrow (or) Friday, pretty much every area will have access to one of our sites in addition to whatever else is that is being offered by the health system.”

The governor said more than 10,000 treatments have already been provided statewide.

While still encouraging vaccinations as an extra layer of protection against the coronavirus, the governor acknowledged breakthrough cases are happening among vaccinated individuals and said the monoclonal antibody treatments are a good option to help lessen the severity of symptoms and keep those infected out of the hospital.