Ron DeSantis insults “reprehensible” disinformation and at the same time promotes monoclonal antibodies
government Ron DeSantis attacks the media and critics for promoting “disinformation” about a COVID-19 treatment that could reduce hospital stays for the disease.
The governor spent much of this month promoting monoclonal antibody treatment as Florida continues to see increased hospitalization rates with the Delta variant. Critics argue that DeSantis set priorities Promotion of the treatment Inoculation during the last climb.
At a new monoclonal antibody treatment site in Broward County, DeSantis said Wednesday that the “corporate press” had spread misinformation about the treatment option, including the fact that it could cost a person thousands of dollars if it was actually free.
“This is a lie that is being spread for political purposes to discourage people from receiving life-saving treatment,” DeSantis said. “And to be honest, that is reprehensible.”
Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the injectable antibody cocktail as an early treatment for COVID-19 infections in people at high risk for serious infections such as the elderly and the immunocompromised. The FDA has also approved the drug for use in people exposed to COVID-19 even before they tested positive.
DeSantis says, however, that public awareness has lagged and treating people at treatment centers early could “relieve hospital admissions.”
president Donald Trump used monoclonal antibodies last year when he was treated for COVID-19 and touted it as a “miracle” and a “cure”. The federal government purchased 1.25 million doses of Regeneron’s version of the drug in January, making treatment free for patients and states.
Vaccines are also free and greatly reduce the risk of infection. They reduce the chances of hospitalization and death even more.
But DeSantis says receiving vaccines or monoclonal antibodies are not mutually exclusive. Also, a vaccine won’t cure someone who is already infected.
Critics have pushed political agendas and tried to subdue people with misinformation about treatment, DeSantis said.
“This is not a place for this false narrative, political posing, or partisanship,” he continued.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate hoping to challenge DeSantis in 2022, said on Wednesday that Florida residents already have widespread access to life-saving treatments and vaccines related.
“It’s going to cost us so much more money a day than if he had just proactively used his bullying pulpit and power and influence to go around the state today asking Floridians to get the injection,” Fried said.
Florida is expected to open 15 to 20 treatment centers, each offering the drug to up to 300 patients per day. The governor hopes to make it available to major population centers in the state.
DeSantis press officer, Christina Pushaw, attacked the Associated Press Tuesday night for publishing a story highlighting that the CEO of Citadel, a hedge fund with Regeneron shares, has donated $ 10.75 million to the DeSantis campaign since 2018 .
Citadel’s investment in Regeneron is only a tiny fraction of its total $ 39 billion investment, but if its stock price rose, Citadel would benefit. Pushaw noted that Citadel has far bigger investments in Moderna and Pfizer, which make COVID-19 vaccines. and Kirby Wilson the Tampa Bay Times reported that it was does not use Regeneron if the governor encourages it.
But the relationship has caused quite a stir on social media as Democrats question the relationship.
“Claiming that there is somehow ‘corruption’ by promoting the baseless political narrative that Governor DeSantis Regeneron is helping with COVID vaccines (completely wrong, but that’s another topic) is not even logically consistent when you consider that SEC filing is investigating, “said Pushaw in an email. “Citadel holds far more shares in Pfizer and Moderna than Regeneron.”
The governor did not mention this article in his remarks on Wednesday, but did attack the “corporate press”.
“Let’s not try to pursue partisan agendas that can prevent someone from receiving treatment that could not only keep them away from the hospital but even save their life,” DeSantis said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Republished with permission.