A Republican from Mississippi slammed Joe Biden’s administration for allocating “outrageous” amounts of monoclonal antibodies for treatment where the deadly COVID-19 Delta variant hit hardest on Sept. 19.
Gov. Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) pushed back against the Magnolia State’s rising COVID-19 death tally exceeding 9,000. He claimed the daily count is decreasing and 87 percent of them were unvaccinated.
“The best thing that Americans can do is talk to their doctor about potentially getting the vaccine,” he said according to Newsmax. “The number-two thing is, if you get the virus, … please talk to your doctor about the monoclonal antibody treatment–that is the best way in which to do that.”
The governor believes fewer Mississippians would die from the pandemic, if the live-saving treatment was equally distributed across the United States.
“Unfortunately the Biden administration continues to try to reduce the allocation to red states like Mississippi and Florida of that monoclonal antibody treatment,” he said according to the publication. “It is outrageous.”
According to the New York Times, 70 percent of monoclonal antibody purchases came from just seven southern states that are heavily impacted by the Delta strain.
Weekly orders for the treatment jumped from 27,000 in July to 168,000 in late August. The Biden administration urged states to prepare for a depleted medication supply and scaled-back shipments.
Although total distribution will be raised by 50 percent, states with lower vaccination rates like Florida and Texas are allegedly taking most of this.
“Our supply is not unlimited and we believe it should be equitable,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
REPORTER: “Why is the Biden administration cutting” antibody treatments in Florida?@PressSec: “That is not accurate… Our supply is not unlimited and we believe it should be equitable… We’re not going to give a greater percentage to Florida over Oklahoma.” pic.twitter.com/K8P41ZTnRc— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 16, 2021
However, the vaccination rate in Florida is higher than the national average at 55.6 percent compared to 54.2 percent nationally, according to the Daily Caller.
The Florida Department of Health and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly agreed to distribute 50,000 monoclonal antibody doses a week on Aug. 29. However, Florida was later informed that its supply for the week of September 13 will be just under 31,000 doses. This is significantly lower than previously promised.
“We are very, very concerned with the Biden administration’s and the HHS’s recent abrupt sudden announcement that they are going to dramatically cut the number of monoclonal antibodies that are going to be sent to the state of Florida,” state Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) previously said.
DeSantis accused the Biden administration of “seizing control” of supplies and reducing the Sunshine State’s allocation.
“There is going to be a huge disruption and patients are going to suffer as a result of this,” he said. “All of the reduced amount will go to the state, and we are responsible not only for sourcing our sites.”
Reeves is also unhappy with Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate and believes it is simply a “distraction.”
“The question here is not about what we do in Mississippi, it is what this president is trying to impose upon the American worker,” he said according to Newsmax. “This is an attack by the president on hard-working Americans … who he wants to choose between getting a jab in their arm and their ability to feed families. I believe that is a false choice.”
“He wants to change the political narrative away from Afghanistan and away from the other issues that are driving his poll numbers into the ground, and focus on anything–particularly a political fight, other than those issues,” he added.