Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that he has secured additional monoclonal antibodies to fight COVID-19 in his state. The move comes after President Joe Biden cut back on federal distribution of the life-saving treatment to Florida and other southern, red states last week.
“We know there’s going to be a continuing need to make this early treatment available for folks. And so in some respects, it’s sad that I have to announce, but I am happy that we’re not just sitting on our rump — we’re making things happen,” said DeSantis. “So, the state of Florida has been able to acquire an additional 3,000 doses of the monoclonal antibody treatment, which is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. It got emergency-use approval just a few months ago. The clinical data that they had was really, really strong.”
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The governor later went on to slam the Biden administration, saying that the decision to cut antibody supplies to the state is “wrong” and would result in “negative” implications for Floridians going forward.
“We may have to close sites. The hospitals may not have all that they need,” DeSantis said. “There’s a whole host of things. So this is just fundamentally wrong. At the same time, you can’t just sit on the sidelines and carp about it, you’ve got to do something about it.”
“And so our announcement today that we have secured a shipment of the newest monoclonal antibody from GlaxoSmithKline, that’s showing that we’re going to leave no stone unturned and if there’s somebody that needs a monoclonal antibody treatment, we’re going to work hard to get it to them,” he added.
“We are proud that Florida’s success with these treatments has saved countless lives and inspired other states to open monoclonal antibody treatment sites like ours,” DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw told The Federalist. “But sadly, the Biden administration is now punishing Florida for this success. There is no evidence of a national shortage of monoclonal antibody treatment and no justification for the federal government to cut supplies to the states that need it most. Biden is playing politics as usual, and Americans are suffering because of it.”