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217 Today: Monoclonal antibodies can help treat COVID-19 but don’t replace vaccines, according to medical expert

Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Some Illinois sheriffs are struggling as the state’s Department of Corrections continues its pause on inmate intakes from county jails due to the latest COVID surge.

  • A Republican is entering the race for the newly drawn 13th Congressional District in Illinois. Attorney Jesse Reising announced his candidacy with a YouTube video Thursday morning.

  • University of Illinois cooks and custodians have been working in Champaign-Urbana throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They say the university rejected their proposal this week for stricter safety measures.

  • The city of Urbana announced Thursday morning that Bryant Seraphin will be retiring as head of the police department on March 25th.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about monoclonal antibodies, which are used to treat and prevent COVID-19.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Emily Hays and Jake Harper.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a 2024 graduate of the University of Illinois. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter focusing on police and investigative stories.

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