Ron DeSantis, the Republican Governor of Florida, put out a statement saying that he was “very, very concerned” with the decision from Democrat President Joe Biden to attempt to put restrictions on the distribution of monoclonal antibodies to the states during a massive surge in demand by states in the southern United States.
“Just last week on September 9th, President Joe Biden said that his administration would be increasing shipments of monoclonal antibodies in September by 50%, and yet on September 13th, HHS announced that it was seizing control of the monoclonal antibody supply and that it would control distribution, and then on September 14th, the announcement was more than 50% of the monoclonal antibodies that had been used in Florida were going to be reduced,” stated DeSantis. “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.”
“What the HHS and the Biden administration is now doing is they’re saying that all of the reduced amount will go to the state, and we’re responsible not only for sourcing our sites, which we’re happy to do, but any infusion center, any provider, any hospital will have to come through the state, and to just spring this on us starting next week, we’re going to have to do that,” he continued. “There’s going to be a huge disruption and patients are going to suffer as a result of this.”
DeSantis went on to state that he is planning to “work like hell to make sure” that Florida “can overcome the obstacles that HHS and the Biden administration” are currently forcing on the state, finishing by saying that the treatment has saved many lives in the state.
“To just kind of pull the rug out from anyone a week after the president himself said they were going to be increasing the distributions by 50%, it’s very, very problematic,” stated the governor. “What I am doing though, is we’re going to try to cover the bases.”
DeSantis stated that just yesterday he had a call with executives from GlaxoSmithKline and stated that he thinks that Florida is going to be able to place orders for their new monoclonal antibody treatments directly from the company so as to not have to deal with the newly placed restrictions on the incredible treatment set down by Old Uncle Joe.
— Forrest Saunders (@FBSaunders) September 16, 2021
In response, Donald Trump Jr. chimed in saying that the Biden administration was using these new restrictions to the treatments as a form of punishment aimed at his political rivals.
“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,” he tweeted. “Their blood is directly on Joe’s hands.”
“Antibody treatments aren’t a substitute for vaccines But they have prevented thousands of hospitalizations including in breakthrough cases,” chimed in Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). “Now in a move that reeks of partisan payback against states like Florida, the Biden administration is rationing these treatments.”