Regeneron Versus Vaccines

Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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  1. Philip H
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    Mississippi has been an interesting test case for this. Our governor hasn’t gone full DeSantis – thankfully – but isn’t willing to even think about reconsidering his extreme laissez faire approach to all this. So when I got Covid last month – as one of the 41% of eligible people fully vaccinated in Mississippi – I was asked if I wanted monoclonals. I said sure, and had the infusion two days before Hurricane Ida arrived. Which was good because hurricane prep with the mildly moderate case of Covid I had wouldn’t have worked well.

    Talking to the nurses at the time, they were sullen about the number of unvaccinated people they were seeing come take the in fusion, in a hospital that at the time was 80% full with Covid patients (over 95% unvaccinated). both of them men I took the infusion with were vaccinated – one was in his 70’s and asymptomatic, the other my age and about as sick as I was.

    This vaccine works. So do the infusions, and together they are a real dynamite team. But pushing one over the other is inviting needless death.

    And I amuses me to no end that so many Red states, taking the path of vaccine resistance, now have the Death Panels and care rationing they always claimed the ACA would bring. Way to create your own reality!Report

    • Oscar Gordon in reply to Philip H
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      And I amuses me to no end that so many Red states, taking the path of vaccine resistance, now have the Death Panels and care rationing they always claimed the ACA would bring.

      I will admit, I find this very amusing, although they will never acknowledge this reality.Report

    • JS in reply to Philip H
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      My dad got a breakthrough case (elderly, not in the best health). They gave him antibodies.

      He had what the doctors called a “mild” case of COVID (fever around 100, blood O2 staying in the mid 90s). He said he felt like crap. He sounded like crap. Per my mom, he flat out looked worse than the time he had double pneumonia.

      The antibodies cleared that up in 24 hours (he got them on like day 3 of symptoms, the day after testing positive for COVID), and I’m thankful for them. While he likely would have recovered fine (it really was mild), it was taking a huge toll on him. His lung doc arranged him a slot for treatment the next day, under the auspices of “You’re exactly the sort of patient who shouldn’t screw around with this”

      And I’m incredibly grateful he WAS vaccinated. If a mild breakthrough case looked like that, I shudder to think what he’d have gone through unvaccinated. I sincerely doubt he’d have survived.Report

  2. Michael Cain
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    And I amuses me to no end that so many Red states, taking the path of vaccine resistance, now have the Death Panels and care rationing they always claimed the ACA would bring. Way to create your own reality!

    But local death panels. Possibly with the assumption that a local death panel will make sure that it’s “those people” who are denied care?Report

    • Philip H in reply to Michael Cain
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      A white male heart patient in Alabama died a couple of weeks ago while the hospital he presented to called 43 other hospitals in neighboring states trying to transfer him. Local or not, care rationing is here and its going to kill pretty much anyone – just the way COVID is. The Hospital I got my monoclonals in had converted its cancer ward for infusions – where those folks went I had no idea.Report

  3. Chip Daniels
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    I keep thinking of the aphorism that those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    The Republican party spiraling into a bizarre cult detached from reason should be alarming to every American.Report

  4. Mike Schilling
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    Cooke is just following the usual GOP talking point that when it comes to health care, expense doesn’t matter as long as we can save even one life.Report

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