Florida’s governor Ron DeSantisSeeing Ron DeSantisElf Interesting Races in 2022 Ocasio-Cortez criticizes GOP for “projecting their sexual frustrations.” A truly “patriotic upbringing” requires critical analysis of US history MORE (R) called on the federal government to allow states to purchase monoclonal antibody treatments on Monday as its state and country are inundated with COVID-19 cases.
The governor said during a press conference in Fort Lauderdale that the state is waiting to receive enough doses to open five to ten more monoclonal antibody treatment centers. But since the federal government has the supply “under control”, this plan “all depends on the federal government sending the cans we need,” he said.
Under the federal government’s “exclusive agreement”, DeSantis said he doesn’t believe Florida can buy its own monoclonal antibodies, although the state has put money aside if the option becomes available.
“We have now passed the point where we can get it direct from one of these companies,” said DeSantis. “The federal government has cornered the entire market.”
“We don’t think the federal government should withhold any more drugs,” he added. “We have to offer that above all for our older population.”
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has suspended the distribution of some monoclonal antibody treatments, including Regeneron, in recent weeks after preliminary data showed decreased effectiveness against the Omicron variant.
But the governor said HHS has decided to reverse course and the state expects to receive between 30,000 and 40,000 additional doses of antibody.
While DeSantis said officials believe cases are “mostly” due to the Omicron variant in the state, particularly in southern Florida, he noted that “Delta is still there.”
“It may not be as good as it was against Delta, but of course we want this here so that patients can do it,” he said.
According to data from the New York Times, Florida COVID-19 cases have increased more than eight-fold in two weeks. The state’s hospital admissions have tripled during this time, but the death toll continues to decline.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
Greg AbbottGOP Texas Governor Seeks Federal Support to Help With COVID-19 Tests and Treatments Eleven Interesting Races in 2022 Federal Judges Blocking Mask and Vaccine Mandates for Texas Head Start Program MORE (R) also asked for government support last week, including for more monoclonal antibody treatments, as the state faces rising case numbers.