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Montana to receive shipments of antibody cocktails for treatment of some COVID-19 cases

HELENA- Montana is going to receive 264 vials of Regeneron casirivimab/imdevimab cocktail and 370 vials of bamlanivimab. The first shipments of Regeneron's antibody therapeutic, casirivimab and imdevimab are going to start to be received according to a release from Senator Steve Daines. The release says Regeneron's antibody cocktail is authorized for the treatment of non-hospitalized mild to moderate COVID-19 cases in adults and children 12 years and older who are at high risk for progressing … Continue Reading


Montana officials discuss statewide vaccine plan with panel

HELENA - State officials said they are looking at a three-phased approach to provide vaccinations in Montana that includes getting the much-expected COVID-19 vaccines to frontline health care and other health care workers, high-risk populations and eventually to members of the general public who want it. The Department of Public Health and Human Services on Tuesday had the first meeting of a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Coordination Team comprised of more than 60 people from key groups statewide. … Continue Reading


Montana vaccination plan calls for phased rollout, some details still in the works

MISSOULA, Mont. - Operation Warp Speed means progress on COVID-19 vaccinations is moving fast, and state officials this week unveiled a draft plan of how initial vaccination distribution might look in Montana -- but there is still a lot up in the air. The state's vaccination plan is a draft based on a CDC playbook released in October. Part of it includes education and messaging to encourage folks to get the vaccine, which is something the country's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fau… Continue Reading


Vaccine news promising, but stay vigilant

A great hope was announced to the world this week when we learned that a potential vaccine for COVID-19 is on the immediate horizon. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said its vaccine is 95% effective against the virus that has infected some 11 million U.S. residents and killed more than 250,000 since February. The company is asking federal regulators to allow emergency use of the vaccine, meaning shots could be available on a limited scale as early as next month. Globally, Pfizer has estimated it co… Continue Reading


Montana Senator tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies after participating in Pfizer vaccine trial

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., discuses his experience in the trial, calls recent vaccine news 'very promising.'… Continue Reading


GOP senator in Pfizer trial urges trust in Covid vaccines: ‘This is how we bring an end to this pandemic’

Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana on Friday urged Americans to have confidence in the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, relying on his experience as a participant in the companies' phase three clinical trial. The U.S. pharmaceutical giant and German biotech firm said earlier Friday they intended to apply for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making them the first companies to do so for a Covid-19 vaccine. Final data released this week show… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Steve Daines explains his experience in Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced earlier this week his participation in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial and that he has since tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. "The only way we're going to end this pandemic is by getting a vaccine out to the American people," Senator Daines said via phone to Wake Up Montana. Pfizer says their vaccine 95% effective and is seeking the FDA emergency use authorization. "My mom told me about it," Senator Daines said, "my parents live in Bozeman and my mo… Continue Reading


Daines participates in vaccine trial

Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Wednesday that he participated in the COVID-19 vaccine trial for Pfizer, and that he believes he was given a successful dose. Daines later tested positive for antibodies, which does not mean he has the virus but would indicate possible immunity. He participated in the trial run out of Bozeman Health, which included volunteers in Bozeman, where Daines lives. The blind trial was part of Pfizer's vaccine development. The drug manufacturer announced Wednesday it… Continue Reading


Sen. Steve Daines says he's been part of Pfizer trial for COVID-19 vaccine

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Wednesday he has been part of Pfizer's trial for a COVID-19 vaccine, saying he wanted to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and others wondering if they should take the vaccine when it is approved. Pfizer has announced their vaccine is 95% effective in preventing the spread of the respiratory illness. As of noon Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 11.3 million cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 247,834 deaths. Daines… Continue Reading


Daines among participants in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial

Montana's Republican Senator Steve Daines has a unique perspective on one of the two COVID-19 vaccines that's nearing the finish line. Daines was a participant in the vaccine trial for Pfizer's formulation, which is one of two mRNA-based vaccines taking vaccination science where it hasn't been before. Pfizer and Moderna have both announced that their vaccines are 94 to 95 percent effective. Each uses human genes to teach the immune system to recognize the spike protein on the SARS-CoV-2 coronav… Continue Reading


Daines Calls COVID Vaccine Safe After Participating in Trial

HELENA - Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, said Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies after participating in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial. Daines' announcement came as drug company Pfizer said its vaccine is 95% effective. The company plans to seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in the coming days. The senator and his wife were part of a group of over 100 Montana residents participating in the trial. "My goal is to help build confidenc… Continue Reading


Daines reveals was part of vaccine test

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said today he was one of the people who participated in a trial of the vaccine pharmaceutical company Pfizer says appears to be 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19, and he encourages everyone to get the vaccination if it is approved and becomes available. Daines said part of the reason he wanted to be part of the test is to encourage all Montanans to get vaccinated once it is available. He said other than slight soreness in his arm, similar to after rec… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines taking part in Pfizer COVID-19 blind trial, tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies

HELENA- Senator Steve Daines announced he is participating in a blind trial for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. A release from Daines says he has since tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Daines says his mother told him of Pfizer looking for people to take part in their COVID-19 trial in Bozeman, Daines and his wife enrolling in the trial. From Daines' release: "My goal is to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and the American people wondering if they should take the vaccine when … Continue Reading


Daines participates in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial, calls vaccine safe

Missoula, MT - On Thursday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced his participation in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial out of Bozeman. It's a blind trial, but Daines later tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies and stated in a press call he believes he received the vaccine. Prior to and during the trial he says he never tested positive or showed symptoms of COVID-19. "My goal in all of this was to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and the American people who are wondering if they s… Continue Reading


Senator and Mrs. Daines Participate in COVID Vaccine Trial

Senator Steve Daines held a press conference on Wednesday to announce that he and Mrs. Daines participated in a trial for the Pfizer COVID 19 vaccine. Daines said he learned about the trial from a most unlikely source; his mother. "Thanks to that call from my mom, my wife and I decided to go online and enroll in the trial," he said. "We joined over 100 Montanans, many from the area there in southwest Montana who were participating in that particular trial." Daines said the results turned out … Continue Reading


Daines confirms participation in COVID-19 vaccine trial, positive antibody test

BOZEMAN - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) announced on Wednesday that he has participated in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine blind trial. Participants in a blind trial do not know if they are receiving the treatment or a placebo, but Daines has since tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, according to a news release. "My goal is to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and the American people wondering if they should take the vaccine when it is approved," Daines stated in the release. "Wh… Continue Reading


Bipartisan resolution honoring Montana wildland firefighters, first responders passes U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that his bipartisan Senate resolution recognizing the bravery, sacrifice, and heroism of wildland firefighters and first responders across Montana and the nation has passed the U.S. Senate. The resolution also honors those who have lost their lives this fire season, including Montanans Tom Duffy and Sara Madsen. "Montana's wildland firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities and families from devast… Continue Reading


Veterans get free access to federal lands – for life

U.S. military veterans and Gold Star families now have free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands used for hunting and recreation, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday. "With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter," Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a news release. Gold S… Continue Reading


Veterans outdoor recovery act passes

Big news for Montana veterans. On November 10, Senator Daines' bipartisan bill, the "Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act," passed the U.S. Senate and is headed to the president's desk to be signed into law. Daines' bill promotes outdoor veteran recovery programs and helps expand outdoor recreational opportunities for veterans on public lands. "In Montana, we know how important our outdoor heritage is to our Montana way of life," Daines said. "That's why I'm glad to see the Senate pass … Continue Reading


Daines announces Montana Veterans, Gold Star Families to get free entrance to National Parks

U.S. Senator Steve Daines has announced that the Department of the Interior will grant Montana veterans and Gold Star Families free access to national parks and other public lands starting Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020. "Montana veterans and Gold Star Families have given so much defending our freedom. I'm thankful to the Trump administration and Secretary Bernhardt for granting free admission to our national parks and public lands for our nation's heroes and Gold Star Families," Daines said. Ear… Continue Reading

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