He didn’t keep any secrets.
Despite Florida Governor Ron DeSantis successfully combating the pandemic, the Florida Republican is still battling hostility from the Biden administration and media.
Appearing on “Life, Liberty & Levin” De Santis said that the continuous bad press and criticism was “all political,” adding that he was still pursuing Floridians’ access to monoclonal antibodies in addition to the vaccines –– which have received far more White House support.
Expanding on Florida’s advanced monoclonal antibody treatment program, DeSantis said that when the state noticed the Delta variant emerging in the Summer, they started setting up centers. He credits the centers with “keeping tens of thousands of people out of the hospital” and saving thousands of lives before adding that no one disputed the efficacy of the treatment.
However, DeSantis pointed out that as the state was benefiting from the monoclonal antibody treatment program, “the federal government decided to seize control of the monoclonal antibodies and cut supplies to Florida and Texas, mainly.”
Recounting the events, DeSantis said that when the government had shut down the supply, he contacted Britain-based GlaxoSmithKline to contract Sotrovimab treatments, enabling Floridians to tackle coronavirus infections.
Yet, when the Omicron variant emerged, DeSantis recalled how Biden’s Health and Human Services department blocked the Governor’s efforts to get more treatments, saying that at the time the department said, “‘Oh, Florida, you use too much of it.’”
The Governor noted that part of the reason Florida used more treatments than other states is that they had embraced treatments, adding that “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.”
DeSantis continued by saying that although he wished “vaccines were sterilizing,” they were not providing sufficient immunity. He added that the Biden administration’s hostility towards those who were seeking alternative or supplementary treatments showed his strategy was “about a political agenda” and that “it’s not about the best interests of the American people.”