West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced Monday that the first nationwide statewide Covid-19 antibody study was launched last Thursday.
The program, called “Booster Battlefield Assessment”, requires fully vaccinated volunteers aged 60 or over to be tested for antibodies.
The results will be sent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as “vaccine manufacturers,” Justice said. He did not confirm which vaccine manufacturers in the United States would receive the data.
This will help “determine if a third dose of vaccine is best for our citizens over 60 who have received their first vaccine (which) is six months old,” Justice said.
The justice said: “We are going to act as quickly as possible to get to our nursing homes, or on a voluntary basis, anyone aged 60 and over who absolutely wants to have their antibodies tested. “
Justice said it was the first statewide program to test and measure antibody levels. “West Virginia led the way… Little old West Virginia,” he said.
The state will work with the University of West Virginia, Marshall University, and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to deliver the program.
West Virginia Health Secretary Bill Crouch said those involved in the program were working “to get it started immediately. We should take samples in the next few days ”.
Since this is a research project, the program will be funded primarily by the state, Crouch said.
At the press conference, Justice said he would not impose vaccines or masks, but continued to urge people to get vaccinated.
“Don’t be too late. Get vaccinated. Not only will it make you feel better and more comfortable, but it will also make your family, all your loved ones at ease, and it will absolutely let you know where you are really part of the solution ” , did he declare. “You are part of the solution to make this thing die and kill it forever. “