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West Virginia clinic gave 44 people an antibody treatment instead of the coronavirus vaccine

West Virginia clinic gave 44 people an antibody treatment instead of the coronavirus vaccine
Forty-four people received an antibody treatment instead of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine in an error Wednesday at a vaccination clinic in Boone County, W.Va.

West Virginia clinic gave 44 people an antibody treatment instead of the coronavirus vaccine West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General Army Maj.31, 2020, Guard officials in West Virginia announced that 44 people received an antibody treatment instead of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine in an error Wednesday at a vaccination clinic in Boone County, W.The West Virginia National Guard, which announced the error Thursday, said medical experts advising the state's covid-19 response "do not believe there is any risk of harm" to the people.At the regional hospital, the county workers "signed a chain of custody form that said, 'Moderna covid-19 vaccine,' " said Michael Mayhorn, director of emergency management in Boone County, which is in southwestern West Virginia and claims to be the birthplace of the American coal industry.

"In fact, this product was the same one that was administered to President Trump when he became infected," said Clay Marsh, coordinator of West Virginia's coronavirus task force.West Virginia's vaccination effort is unique in relying heavily on its National Guard, though members are not involved in actual inoculations, just transport and logistics, said a spokeswoman, Holli Nelson.

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