Certainly, there has been no love lost between Florida’s Governor and the President during Joe Biden’s tumultuous first year in office. The two have often tussled over mask mandates and other COVID-related issues.
Now, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is accusing the POTUS of purposely withholding much-needed COVID treatments from Floridians.
In a recent interview, DeSantis said Joe Biden’s officials are using coronavirus narratives for political purposes to attack his policies in the Sunshine State. The Republican governor stressed that in September, the federal government seized control over the shipments of monoclonal antibodies and other COVID cures. He added, Biden then cut supplies to Florida and Texas – two states whose governors have been at odds with Biden over mask and vaccine mandates.
“Under the Biden administration, not only are they not promoting therapeutics, they’re trying to stymie the distribution of things like monoclonal antibodies in states like Florida and Texas,” explained the DeSantis.
This came after Florida’s surgeon general said that the Biden administration is hindering his state’s efforts to cure its COVID patients.
“I just think it’s counter to their messaging and their narrative…when I rolled out our monoclonal antibodies sites over the summer, they attacked because they said ‘oh…you’re against vaccines if you are for therapeutics’ when actually we had a lot of vaccinated people that were going,” DeSantis stated. “It wasn’t all unvaccinated, but regardless you want to have treatment options.
The Florida Republican also said Biden’s COVID response is very partisan, and it does not serve the best interest of the American people.
DeSantis told Fox News in an interview that aired Sunday, Jan. 9, that the ongoing barrage of bad press and criticism from Washington is “all political.” He stressed he’s honestly fighting to provide Floridians with treatment options like monoclonal antibodies to go along with White House-supported vaccines while allowing residents to choose whether they want to be injected with the serums in the first place.
“We set up these centers this summer when we started to see the delta variant rear its head, and it worked. We were keeping tens of thousands of people out of the hospital, saved thousands of lives. No one disputes that,” DeSantis said of Florida’s monoclonal antibody treatment sites.
“Well, as that was happening in September, the federal government decided to seize control of the monoclonal antibodies and cut supplies to Florida and Texas, mainly.”
When that happened, DeSantis recounted, he contacted Brentford, England-based GlaxoSmithKline to contract for treatments of sotrovimab, which continued to help Floridians facing coronavirus infections.
When omicron appeared and DeSantis again sought such treatments, Biden’s Health and Human Services department reportedly balked.
“‘Oh, Florida, you use too much of it,'” he recalled.
“Well, part of the reason we use more than other states is because we’ve actually embraced treatment. Most of these other governors and the people like Fauci and the federal leadership, they basically say get a shot, wear a mask, and they never talk about treatment.”
DeSantis when on to imply that the reason that Biden has held back needed medication from Florida is because of DeSantis’ successful rollout of treatments goes against Biden’s “pro-vaccine” yet “anti-treatment” narrative.