As we reported previously, the Biden Administration announced they would be rationing the supply of monoclonal antibody therapies from distributors.
“HHS will determine the amount of product each state and territory receives on a weekly basis. State and territorial health departments will subsequently identify sites that will receive product and how much,” the spokesperson said. “This system will help maintain equitable distribution, both geographically and temporally, across the country – providing states and territories with consistent, fairly-distributed supply over the coming weeks.”
Biden officials said that this was about “equitable” distribution to the states. But what this ended up doing was cutting the amount of the treatment that Florida needed, as well as cutting the supply to some of the other red states.
Christina Pushaw, Gov. Ron DeSantis' press secretary blasted the decision.
— Forrest Saunders (@FBSaunders) September 15, 2021
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said this wasn't because of any shortage of the treatment but because the Biden administration didn't like how Florida was not mandating vaccines, that this was “partisan payback” against states like Florida. He said this was all about control.
Every day it’s something new with these people in the White House
The decision to ration antibody treatments proves they focused on public health
What they want is power and control pic.twitter.com/UYcFxwJx2D
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 16, 2021
The White House has also been criticized for not promoting the antibody treatment and it's been underutilized, especially given its effectiveness.
But as we reported, DeSantis, who seems to have a talent for overcoming challenges, said that he would be finding other ways to get more of the therapy if the Biden Administration was going to limit what Florida needed. He said he would be reaching out to Glaxo-Smith Kline to buy the treatment directly from them.
— Forrest Saunders (@FBSaunders) September 16, 2021
Today, DeSantis posted a video announcing that he had done just that — that he had obtained additional doses of monoclonal antibody treatments to counterbalance the federal government reducing the supply they provided.
Gov. DeSantis announces the acquisition of 3000 doses of monoclonal antibody treatment from a different supplier after the Biden admin drastically reduced the supply to Florida. pic.twitter.com/qboHTa75Fr
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) September 23, 2021
DeSantis chastised the Biden Administration for cutting the amount of Regeneron they had promised to send to Florida by 50%.
Joe Biden promised to send 50% more monoclonal antibodies to states, but since his administration seized control of the supply, HHS has dramatically reduced Regeneron shipments to Florida.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 23, 2021
DeSantis said that he had obtained 3,000 doses of sotrovimab, a single-dose monoclonal antibody, which has emergency use approval and that it has even better numbers than Regeneron.
When you consider that the Biden team has leveled all kinds of attacks against DeSantis over his handling of the virus, it isn't he who is cutting treatments that can help the citizens of Florida — it's the Biden administration. It shows the Biden team cares more about politics than they do about taking care of the Americans who need help. It's DeSantis, coming through for the people, to actually provide the treatment that is needed.