Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says he will “fight like hell” against “Biden’s cruel decision to drastically reduce lifesaving monoclonal antibody treatments for Floridians. We’ve seen steep reductions in hospital admissions due to early treatment efforts. It’s wrong to penalize Florida for his partisan bitterness.” At this time, there is no nationwide shortage of the treatment, according to the FDA.
I will fight like hell to overcome Biden’s cruel decision to drastically reduce lifesaving monoclonal antibody treatments for Floridians. We've seen steep reductions in hospital admissions due to early treatment efforts. It’s wrong to penalize Florida for his partisan bitterness. pic.twitter.com/24APj0r50K
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 17, 2021
DeSantis says his massive push to provide monoclonal antibody treatments to Floridians is working in the fight against COVID.
But now, the Biden administration says Florida had the highest allocation of the drugs until now and the federal government, which supplies and pays for the treatments, accuses the sunshine state of hogging the monoclonal antibody supply.
So Florida will receive less of the supply “to ensure a more equitable distribution around the country.”
As a result, DeSantis is criticizing the Biden administration for what he describes as a “dramatic reduction” in the state’s supply of monoclonal antibody treatments including at the clinic in West Palm Beach.
The Biden administration says the federal government is working to “stave off shortages” of the life-saving drugs driven by a massive surge in demand in a handful of hard-hit states—including Florida.