DeSantis: Biden, Fauci 'hostile' to those focusing on COVID treatments in addition to vaccines

DeSantis told “Life, Liberty & Levin” in an interview airing Sunday that the ongoing barrage of bad press and criticism from Washington is “all political.” He stressed he’s honestly fighting to provide Floridians with treatment options like monoclonal antibodies to go along with White House-supported vaccines while allowing residents to choose whether they want to be injected with the serums in the first place.

“We set up these centers this summer when we started to see the delta variant rear its head, and it worked. We were keeping tens of thousands of people out of the hospital, saved thousands of lives. No one disputes that,” DeSantis said of Florida’s monoclonal antibody treatment sites. 

“Well, as that was happening in September, the federal government decided to seize control of the monoclonal antibodies and cut supplies to Florida and Texas, mainly.”

FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of a monoclonal antibody site Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

FILE – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of a monoclonal antibody site Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

When that happened, DeSantis recounted, he contacted Brentford, England-based GlaxoSmithKline to contract for treatments of sotrovimab, which continued to help Floridians facing coronavirus infections.

When omicron appeared and DeSantis again sought such treatments, Biden’s Health and Human Services department reportedly balked.

“‘Oh, Florida, you use too much of it’,” he recalled. 

“Well, part of the reason we use more than other states is because we’ve actually embraced treatment. Most of these other governors and the people like Fauci and the federal leadership, they basically say get a shot, wear a mask, and they never talk about treatment.”

By ignoring the importance of investigating and approving and helping states acquire treatment options like the ones he embraced, Biden continues to repeat pro-vaccine slogans and go on the same way the feds have for months, the governor said.

President Joe Biden, with first lady Jill Biden, speaks during a visit at Brookland Middle School in Northeast Washington, on Sept. 10. Biden has encouraged every school district to promote vaccines, including with on-site clinics.

President Joe Biden, with first lady Jill Biden, speaks during a visit at Brookland Middle School in Northeast Washington, on Sept. 10. Biden has encouraged every school district to promote vaccines, including with on-site clinics.

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