Ainsley Earhardt on Fox News Says Regeneron Treatment Same as Getting Vaccine

Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt claimed on Wednesday that receiving a round of Regeneron's monoclonal antibody treatment is "basically" the same as "getting vaccinated."

Earhardt, 44, who has been working for Fox News since 2007, made the claim during a segment of Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning when the hosts were discussing Texas Governor Greg Abbott's positive COVID test.

Following the announcement about Abbott on Tuesday evening, the governor's office said that he was receiving Regeneron's monoclonal antibody treatment and was showing no symptoms of COVID.

Speaking about the governor's diagnosis on Wednesday, Earhardt said Abbott "is in our prayers this morning because he announced that he tested positive for COVID yesterday. He has been vaccinated and still got COVID but I think he's doing okay. He's planning on getting the Regeneron."

She then added: "Regeneron are the antibodies, so you are basically still getting vaccinated because they are sticking you with an antibody, which is the virus."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Regeneron for emergency use in November 2020, around a month after then President Donald Trump was treated with it while hospitalized with COVID.

According to the FDA, the Regeneron monoclonal antibody medicine is made up of a combination of two antibodies to fight off COVID that are administered through an IV drip.

Recent data seen by Bloomberg found that the treatment reduces the chance of hospitalization and death by 70 percent in high-risk patients, while cutting the chances of a household member being infected by 80 percent.

However, the FDA states that the treatments are "not authorized for patients who are hospitalized due to COVID-19 or require oxygen therapy due to COVID-19," and made it clear in the emergency authorization release that it is not a substitute for vaccination against COVID.

getting a regeneron treatment after being hospitalized for covid is the pretty much exact same thing as being vaccinated against covid

— Bee (@mount_bees) August 18, 2021

Regeneron has been promoted by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, with Salon reporting that he has hosted four events in the space of a week for the treatment, but hasn't held one specifically for vaccines.

Florida and Texas have been badly affected by the spread of the Delta variant in recent weeks. The former has broken statewide records several times and the latter recorded 25,497 new COVID cases on Tuesday, with a seven-day average of 15,577.

Abbott was one of the more than 25,000 Texas residents to test positive for COVID on Tuesday, after he attended a packed GOP event with around 600 people there. Photos he posted to Twitter showed only a few people wearing a mask.

Before his positive test, Abbott defended an executive order banning face mask mandates in the state in a tweet on Sunday, explaining that "the ban doesn't prohibit using masks. Anyone who wants to wear a mask can do so."

Newsweek has contacted Fox News for comment.

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Fox anchor Ainsley Earhardt joins professional baseball player Tim Tebow during "Fox & Friends" at Fox News Channel Studios on October 9, 2019, in New York City. The Fox & Friends host claimed on Wednesday morning that receiving a round of treatment with Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment is “basically” the same as “getting vaccinated.” John Lamparski/Getty Images