The Biden administration is going after red states using this highly effective COVID-19 treatment, and his political vendetta against those states is going to cause Americans to die.
The administration has suddenly decided to restrict distribution of coronavirus monoclonal antibody treatments just as southern red states have found these to be extremely effective in treating the virus and have requested larger amounts of the treatment as a result.
“Federal health officials plan to allocate specific amounts to each state under the new approach, in an effort to more evenly distribute the 150,000 doses that the government makes available each week,” Politico reported.
The far left outlet continued, “The approach is likely to cut into shipments to GOP-led states in the Southeast that have made the pricey antibody drug a central part of their pandemic strategy, while simultaneously spurning mask mandates and other restrictions.”
The strange move by Biden would impact the states which he has targeted politically for not falling in line with his tyrannical COVID-19 mandates such as Florida and Texas.
“Still, until recently, the administration had shipped the antibody treatments to states on an as-needed basis — with top health officials in early August going as far as encouraging those battling the Delta surge to seek even more supply,” the report added.
“But demand from a handful of southern states has exploded since then, state and federal officials said, raising concerns they were consuming a disproportionate amount of the national supply. Seven states — Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama — accounted for 70 percent of all orders in early September.”
The report said that the large uptick in the use of the treatments prompted their decision to take more control over-allocating the treatments to different states.
“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,” said a spokesperson from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “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.”
The decision has prompted backlash from health officials across the South, including Dr. Aruna Arora, president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, who said that the treatments were a “lifesaver” for some if used early during treatment.
“We’re calling on the federal government to help us provide more of this treatment, not less, so we can save lives and keep COVID patients out of the hospital,” Arora said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis exclaimed that he was “very, very concerned” with Biden’s decision which could cost people their lives.
“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,” DeSantis said.
“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,” DeSantis continued. “There’s going to be a huge disruption and patients are going to suffer as a result of this.”
DeSantis, nevertheless, said that he is going to “work like hell to make sure” that Florida “can overcome the obstacles that HHS and the Biden administration” are imposing on the state, adding that the treatment has saved 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,” DeSantis said. “What I am doing though, is we’re going to try to cover the bases.”
DeSantis stated that he had a call yesterday with GlaxoSmithKline executives and he thinks that Florida is going to be able to order their new monoclonal antibody directly from the company so he won’t have to deal with Biden’s restriction on the life-saving treatment.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio pointed out that Antibody treatments have “prevented thousands of hospitalizations including in breakthrough cases,” and that the decision to ration the treatments “reeks of partisan payback against states like Florida.”
Donald Trump Jr. reacted to the dangerous Biden move saying, American blood will be on the president’s hands. “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. Their blood is directly on Joe’s hands.”
Author: Shane Kiren