Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser recommended antibody treatments to help patients recover from the deadly disease. The announcement came after a Republican from Florida was widely criticized for doing the same.
Anthony Fauci joined Gov. Ron DeSantis in advocating monoclonal antibody treatments for those infected with coronavirus (COVID-19). Fauci confirmed the remedy can cut hospitalizations by between 70% and 80%.
“This is a very effective intervention for COVID-19,” he said in a statement. “It is underutilized, and we recommend strongly that we utilize this to its fullest.”
Breitbart suggested the Democrat took credit for the treatment despite the governor’s earlier endorsements. The publican also indicated left-leaning media allowed biased coverage to deter countless Americans from seeking medical treatment sooner.
Fauci is not the first person to recommend the antibodies, as DeSantis endorsed the same treatments in early August. An investigation from the Associated Press questioned the financial ties between DeSantis’s top donor and the company producing the antibodies, casting doubt on the governor’s motivations for promoting the treatments.
DeSantis sent a letter to the Associated Press after the report was published, criticizing the outlet for implying that his support for the treatment was politically driven.
“You succeeded in publishing a misleading, clickbait headline about one of your political opponents but at the expense of deterring individuals infected with COVID from seeking life-saving treatment, which will cost lives,” the governor’s letter said. “Was it worth it?”
The Associated Press defended its actions by accusing the governor of unethically promoting Regeneron antibody therapy. This is because a Chicago-based hedge firm allegedly donated to a pro-DeSantis political organization that owns shares in the drug maker.
DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw and multiple allies ridiculed the Associated Press for spreading misinformation about the same treatment the White House endorses.
The Republican previously announced the following:
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that new monoclonal antibody treatment sites will open on August 27, in Collier and Leon counties. In total, the Sunshine State has opened 21 sites, serving more than 13,000 patients. These treatment sites will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and have the capacity to serve more than 300 patients per day.
Monoclonal antibody treatments can be prescribed by health care providers to individuals 12 years of age and older, who have been diagnosed with COVID-19–or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are at high risk for severe illness and hospitalization. However, at Gov. DeSantis’s direction, there is currently a standing order in Florida signed by the state surgeon general that allows patients to receive this treatment without a prescription or referral, if administered by an eligible health care provider. Such referrals are not required at any of the State of Florida monoclonal antibody treatment sites, and treatments are available at no cost to patients.
The antibodies help the immune system recognize and respond effectively to the virus. According to the treatment guidelines, they should be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis. By providing access to these treatments at these new sites, Gov. DeSantis is alleviating demand on hospital resources, and further making sure that Floridians have access to all potential treatments that can help them recover from COVID-19.
DeSantis believes the Associated Press not only tried to “smear” his reputation but also destroy public confidence in a life-saving treatment. The media outlet then responded to widespread criticism about its incorrect coverage by publishing an open letter that complained about reader backlash.
“[Associated Press] had the temerity to complain about the deserved blowback that your botched and discredited attempt to concoct a political narrative has received,” the governor said in a statement. “The ploy will not work to divert attention from the fact that the Associated Press published a false narrative that will lead some to decline effective treatment for COVID infections.”