Ron DeSantis, the Republican Governor of Florida, is “very, very concerned” with President Joe Biden because of his decision to restrict the distribution of monoclonal antibodies to states. We’re in the midst of a surge in demand by southern states.
In a public statement, DeSantis reminded people that just last week on September 9th, the president said his administration would be increasing shipments of monoclonal antibodies in September by 50 percent. But on the 13th of September, the Health and Human Services Department announced that it was seizing control of the monoclonal antibody supply and that it would control distribution. The governor also said publicly that on the 14th of September, there was an announcement that more than 50 percent of the monoclonal antibodies that had been used in Florida were going to be reduced.
DeSantis said, “So this is a dramatic reduction, and I’d say it’s doubly problematic because what Shane Strum and folks in Tampa General and these other hospital systems that have been doing this, they’re not getting it from the state.”
Previously, distribution sites could order the antibody treatments directly from the supplier. Now, the federal government will decide how many doses each state will receive and leave it to state governments to ration it out among locations.
DeSantis went on to explain that the Biden Administration is demanding that all of the reduced amounts will go to the state and they are responsible to not only source their own sites but also any infusion centers, any providers, and any hospitals will also have to come through the state’s supply. He said this new plan was dropped on Florida to start next week.
DeSantis continued, “There’s going to be a huge disruption and patients are going to suffer as a result of this.”
The governor promised to “work like hell to make sure” that Florida “can overcome the obstacles that HHS and the Biden administration” are imposing on the state. He made sure to add that the treatment has saved the lives of many Floridians.
Governor DeSantis believes that Biden pulled the rug out from under them just a week after promising that the administration was going to increase the distributions by 50 percent. It’s very problematic. Yet, he vowed to do his best to “cover the bases.”
DeSantis reported that he had made a call yesterday to GlaxoSmithKline executives and he thinks that Florida is going to be able to order their new monoclonal antibody directly from the company. If this pans out, he won’t have to deal with Biden’s restriction on the life-saving treatment.
DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw spoke with Fox News in a Thursday statement. She maintained that it was “surprising and deeply disappointing” that the president’s administration would break their promise just a week after making it while cutting MAB allocation to Florida. She said that prior to the cut, they were not even providing half of the doses of life-saving treatment that COVID patients in Florida will need.
Donald Trump, Jr. gave his opinion on the decision made by the Biden administration, too. He said that the president was imposing these restrictions for treatment as a form of punishment against political rivals.
The former president’s son tweeted, “Americans will die because of Biden’s despicable decision to punish his political enemies in red states by restricting their ability to secure life-saving monoclonal antibody treatments for all that need them. Their blood is directly on Joe’s hands.”
Republican Senator Marco Rubio added his opinion on Twitter. He said that antibody treatments are not a substitute for vaccines, but they have prevented thousands of hospitalizations including breakthrough cases. He said, “Now in a move that reeks of partisan payback against states like Florida, the Biden administration is rationing these treatments.” Essentially, Biden has decided to make Florida suffer because they are Republican. Only liberal states will survive? That’s not the unity that President Biden promised…