DeSantis slams Biden for ‘really huge cut’ in Florida’s critical COVID antibody treatment by Susan Ferrechio, Chief Congressional Correspondent for Washington Examiner
GNN Note – You know, nothing says – “it’s for the children” like taking away life saving medication and nothing says “science” for the same reason. DC is all about saving the children and science. rrriiiggghhhttt /END
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said the Biden administration has slashed in half the state’s supply of monoclonal antibody treatments that have been critical in reducing deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19.
“This is a dramatic reduction,” DeSantis said Thursday at a Fort Lauderdale press conference with healthcare providers. “We are facing a massive cut in antibody treatments. Abruptly.”
The Biden administration announced earlier this week that the federal government is facing a shortage of the drug due to “a substantial surge in the utilization” associated with the highly transmissible delta variant.
The Health and Human Services Department will now control and ration how much of the treatment supply goes to each state and has reduced shipments to many states in order to ensure equitable distribution, officials said.
Florida’s supply has been reduced by more than 50%, DeSantis said.
The Biden administration said the restrictions are in place to ensure that every state can obtain enough of the drug.
According to Health and Human Services Department officials, a small group of southern states have utilized 70% of the supply of monoclonal antibody treatments.
Florida ranks No. 1. It received 30,000 doses in the past week. Texas ranked second after receiving 24,000 doses in the past week, HHS figures show.
Biden has clashed with southern-state governors who have refused to back vaccine and mask mandates.
DeSantis has been at the forefront in resisting mandates. He’s fined Florida school systems for imposing mask mandates and plans to fine local governments that require employees to get vaccinated.