Gov. Ron DeSantis promotes monoclonal antibodies treatments for COVID
DORAL, FL – Governor Ron DeSantis promoted monoclonal antibodies treatments for COVID-19 patients in Florida during his last visit to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.
“The bottom line is this: COVID is a treatable illness,” DeSantis said about the treatment aimed for people who have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Monoclonal antibodies treatments can potentially reduce the severity of symptoms, although they don’t prevent COVID-19.
According to the Governor’s office, more than 90,000 monoclonal antibody treatments have been provided across 25 sites statewide of which one is located at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines and another one in Tropical Park in Miami-Dade County.
The announcement comes as the state passes 50,000 COVID-19 related deaths. In Miami-Dade County, the death toll is of 7,730, while Broward showed one of 4,090.
But despite of this, it seems like the state is experiencing a drop in hospitalizations just like the governor confirmed it while at Broward Health Medical Center where he told the audience the state has seen 24 consecutive days with a reduction in hospital census and a 50%+ decrease in hospital admissions.
On Friday, there were 9,585 COVID-19 patients from 255 Florida hospitals, which represents 662 fewer patients than those showed in Thursday’s report accounted from 253 hospitals.
During his visit, DeSantis criticized the federal government for not better promoting the treatment and for decreasing the upcoming supply of monoclonal antibodies being sent to Florida.
“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,” twitted DeSantis.
For more information about monoclonal antibodies treatments in Florida, go to floridahealthcovid19.gov or call the Florida Department of Health Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Support Line at 850-344-9637.
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”DeSantis promotes Covid drug that top donor invests in”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — who has been criticized for opposing mask mandates and vaccine passports — is now touting a Covid antibody treatment in which a top donor’s company has invested millions of dollars.
DeSantis has been flying around the state promoting Regeneron, a monoclonal antibody treatment that was used on then-President Donald Trump after he tested positive for Covid. The governor first began talking about it as a treatment last year.
Citadel, a Chicago-based hedge fund, has $15.9 million in shares of Regeneron Pharmaceutical, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Citadel CEO Ken Griffin has donated $10.75 million to a political committee that supports DeSantis — $5.75 million in 2018 and $5 million last April.