HONOLULU (KHON2) — A federal team of 30 civilians is being deployed to Hawaii to help administer antibody therapy to treat coronavirus patients.

Monoclonal antibody treatments have received emergency use authorization by the FDA.

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Doctors say it’s another tool to help avoid health complications from COVID, and it helps to reduce the number of people in hospitals.

But health officials emphasize it is not a substitute for the vaccine.

The federal team is expected to arrive a week from Sunday.

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They will be stationed at hospitals or federally qualified health centers across the state.