People with weak immunity, cancer, taking immunosuppressive drugs, allergic to vaccine components… can inject monoclonal antibodies against Covid-19 at Tam Anh Hospital.
On the first day of placement consultation week on AstraZeneca monoclonal antibody against Covid-19 in VnExpress, the system received hundreds of questions about subjects injected with these antibodies: HIV-infected people taking antiretroviral drugs, cancer patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs, lupus erythematosus patients, children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, people with previous severe allergies. vaccination… can they be vaccinated? How long does antibody protection last? How to register? Injection costs and procedures?…
“Many people wait for monoclonal antibody therapy when they cannot receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the time of treatment or are susceptible to weakened immunity, so they are at risk of serious illness and death if they contract Covid-19,” he said. to Assoc. . Tran Quang Binh – Professional Director Tam Anh General Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
Sending an inquiry about counseling week, Ms. Vo Nguyen Minh Thuy (43 years old, Yen Bai), shared: “When the local opened the Covid-19 vaccination round, I was on chemotherapy so I couldn’t inject it. I am currently drug free. After 2 weeks, can I inject monoclonal antibodies? “
According to Dr. BS Vu Huu Khiem – Head of the Department of Oncology, Tam Anh General Hospital, Hanoi, when chemicals attack immune cells, the body’s blood cells will weaken the immune system. This process can take up to several months to give the body enough time to recover to normal health. Therefore, in the Covid-19 situation, cancer patients who have recently undergone chemotherapy and radiation therapy have a very high risk of contracting Covid-19 and their disease will develop more severely than the general population. Therefore, they must inject monoclonal antibodies for early and lasting protection.
Many readers wonder “can monoclonal antibodies replace vaccines?”. Associate Professor Tran Quang Binh stressed: “Monoclonal antibodies do not replace the Covid-19 vaccine for the public, but are only intended for people whose immunity is compromised or unable to respond adequately to the immune system, or is unable to generate an immune response.” adequate antibodies after the full dose of the vaccine has been given and for those who cannot receive the vaccine because of a serious adverse reaction to the Covid-19 vaccine.”
Prof TS.BS Ngo Quy Chau, professional director of Hanoi Tam Anh General Hospital, said that monoclonal antibodies against Covid-19 were injected into people aged 12 years and over, weighing 40 kg, at the time of injection not infected with nCoV and had not come into contact with people infected with nCoV; and must be included in one of the cases mentioned above. People who inject monoclonal antibodies will be screened before injection, injection, and post-injection care.
In Vietnam, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health, there are currently nearly 230,000 people infected with HIV, 6,100 cases of organ transplants, more than 182,500 new cancer cases… This is a vulnerable group, requiring more data protection against Covid-19 . With the support and licensing of the Ministry of Health, AstraZeneca Vietnam and Vietnam Vaccines Joint Stock Company (VNVC), Tam Anh General Hospital System in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are expected to implement monoclonal antibody injections to prevent Covid-19. end of March.
According to the manufacturer’s representative, the prophylactic monoclonal antibody against Covid-19 is injected intramuscularly, the dose of two injections at the same time, can produce antibodies after a few hours of injection, the protective effect is 83%, even with variable infection. Omicron strain and there were no cases of severe illness or death during the 6-month follow-up. This effect was observed in people whose immunity was compromised due to disease, took immunosuppressive drugs, or may not be able to produce the same immune response to the Covid-19 vaccine as organ transplant recipients. liver transplant, kidney transplant, heart transplant…), cancer, HIV…
On the afternoon of March 16, the Vietnam Drug Administration (Ministry of Health) recommended against using monoclonal antibodies against Covid-19 for F0 being treated, after exposure to nCoV in vaccinable humans.