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1. The state closes all monoclonal antibody processing sites
The Florida Department of Health has closed all state-run monoclonal antibody treatment sites after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revoked Regeneron and Eli Lilly infusion drugs earlier Monday because they did not work against the omicron variant of the coronavirus that now accounts for nearly all US infections.
Late Monday, the public health agency announced that it had canceled appointments at its five sites, including near Boynton Beach, until further notice.
The federal government purchased both treatments, shipping two doses of antibodies to treat more than 300,000 patients intravenously. The drug Regeneron costs $2,100 per dose.
If both drugs prove effective against future variants, the FDA has said it may reauthorize their use.
State closes all monoclonal antibody treatment sites
2. President Biden was surprised by a hot microphone attacking the journalist
President Joe Biden was attending the meeting of the White House Competition Council on Monday.
After the president finished his remarks, Fox News reporter Peter Doocey asked Biden if he thought inflation was a political handicap.
“No, that’s a great asset – no more inflation. What a stupid (expletive) son,” Biden said.
Doocey said Biden called him Monday night to apologize for his comments.
3. Stocks rally as investors step in after a big sell-off
The Dow Jones Industrial Average swung 1,217 points and closed up 0.3% after falling 1,000 points as investors anticipated the Federal Reserve’s inflation-fighting measures and worried about a possible conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Benchmarks flirted with nearly 4-month lows as the market braces for the Fed to raise interest rates to rein in inflation, which is at its highest level in nearly four decades. Retailers saw some of the biggest gains: the spread jumped nearly 8%.
The steady decline in stock prices came as the Fed signaled it was ready to start raising its benchmark short-term interest rate in 2022 in an attempt to rein in inflation, which is at an all-time high. level for almost four decades.
Stocks rally as investors step in after big sell-off
4. Rule Changes for the Last Two Days of the South Florida Fair
Fair officials said that from Friday, children between the ages of 6 and 17 must purchase a ride bracelet before entering the fair. The new rule does not apply to advance ticket holders.
Officials say parents have unsupervised children wandering around the fairgrounds at some of the busiest times.
The new rules come into effect at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, which are expected to be the busiest days of the fair.
Rule Changes for the Last Two Days of the South Florida Fair
5. Do South Florida iguanas adapt to the cold?
The weather has been so cold that the iguanas might get cold shocked or at least they were.
Residents will frequently see the stunned non-native reptiles when temperatures drop into the 40s.
But this year, some say they haven’t seen as many as in previous years, despite the recent cold spell.
It seems the iguanas are acclimatizing to the occasional cold weather that South Florida experiences in the winter.
Do South Florida iguanas adapt to the cold?
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On this day in history
On January 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics took off in style in Chamonix in the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled with ski jumping and bobsleigh as well as 12 other events involving a total of six sports.
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