In a controversial move, the Biden administration announced last week that it would be taking over the nationwide distribution of monoclonal antibodies used to treat COVID-19.
One of the states most impacted by the decision is Florida. But as Breitbart revealed on Thursday, the Sunshine State’s Republican governor has made clear that he’ll be taking matters into his own hands.
According to Breitbart, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced at a press conference that he has directly ordered some 3,000 doses of a monoclonal antibody treatment from the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.
DeSantis: It’s “clearly saving lives”
Known as sotrovimab, the product will be used to make up for the shortfall in Regeneron shipments that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has cut back on.
“It’s clearly saving lives,” Breitbart quoted DeSantis as telling reporters at the event in Tampa. “It’s clearly keeping people out of the hospital.
“But it’s also something that, even short of being hospitalized, this is something that can really knock you on your rump for a week or two…it assists in the recovery,” the governor added. “People get better much quicker if they get this treatment.”
“This is fundamentally wrong”
DeSantis went on to lash out at the Biden administration for reducing the supply of monoclonal antibodies to his and other southern states.
“We should be doing everything we can to get them the treatment, not cut the treatment,” he declared. “So the fact that the Biden administration is doing this, I just think it’s wrong.”
The governor added: “The implications, I think, are going to be negative — we may have less access, we may have to close sites, the hospitals may not have all that they need. So this is fundamentally wrong.”
“Hospitals are full”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first announced in May that it was granting emergency authorization for use of sotrovimab to treat mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19 in both adults and children.
DeSantis is not alone in slamming HHS’s move to limit distribution of the treatment. According to Fox News, the Alabama Medical Association has similarly warned that the action by the Biden administration could have dire consequences.
“Alabama’s hospitals are full and under tremendous stress,” the association’s president, Dr. Aruna Arora, said last week, according to Fox. “We’re calling on the federal government to help us provide more of this treatment — not less — so we can save lives and keep COVID patients out of the hospital.”