Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Thursday blasted the Biden administration for withholding lifesaving coronavirus treatment from those who need it, deeming it “unconscionable.”On Tuesday, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo sent a pointed letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, questioning the Biden administration’s decision to withhold lifesaving coronavirus treatment from states such as Florida. In recent months, the DeSantis administration has blitzed the state with monoclonal antibody treatments, only to have the Biden administration slash the supply to the state, originally attributing the decision to its newfound priority of “equitable distribution.”
A one-time treatment with monoclonal antibodies reduces hospitalization by as much as 70% to 80% for those exposed to or infected by the virus, says a UNC Health expert.three monoclonal antibody therapies have been granted emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for people with COVID-19 who are not hospitalized.NC Goes On To Say:When we get an infection, several parts of our immune system fight against the invading pathogen. In the case of COVID-19, one part of the immune response makes a neutralizing antibody, a protein the body makes that latches onto the spike protein that coats the surface of the coronavirus. Once the antibody neutralizes the virus, other parts of the immune system swoop in to dispatch the virus. This general process is part of how people recover from COVID-19.In the absence of a strong neutralizing antibody, the virus enters the body’s cells and replicates. The more this replication process is allowed to happen unhindered, the sicker an individual will get as the virus spreads within the body.
According to Ladapo, “the lack of allocation of this life- saving treatment from the federal government continues to cause another immediate and life- threatening shortage of treatment options to the State of Florida as the Omicron variant spreads throughout the state”:While administration of monoclonal antibody therapy treatments in Florida is shifting back to the private health care sector, and there is growing evidence that some treatment options may not be as effective against the Omicron variant, the federal agencies under your control should not limit our state’s access to any available treatments for COVID-19. Florida can expand treatment options for patients by distributing therapeutics to providers working in areas with a low prevalence of Omicron or clinics capable of variant screening. “The federal government is actively preventing the effective distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments in the U.S.,” he said, explaining that the “sudden suspension of multiple monoclonal antibody therapy treatments from distribution to Florida removes a health care provider’s ability to decide the best treatment options for their patients in their state.“This shortsightedness is essentially evident given that the federal government efficiently prohibited states from purchasing these monoclonal antibodies and serving their populations directly,” he added.On Thursday, Sen. Paul said he is hearing doctors in Louisiana express the same concerns.“Hearing the same thing from doctors treating COVID in Louisiana — Biden admin has cancelled monoclonal antibody shipments with no replacement antibodies available. Unconscionable,” Paul remarked:Hearing the same thing from doctors treating COVID in Louisiana — Biden admin has cancelled monoclonal antibody shipments with no replacement antibodies available. Unconscionable.Biden Administration Actively Preventing One Important Covid-19 Treatment https://t.co/BajxcPKtbw— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 30, 2021The remarks follow the Biden administration’s decision to pause shipments of the Regeneron and Eli Lilly treatments over concerns regarding their effectiveness against the omicron variant.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said, “If science can’t be questioned it’s not science, it’s propaganda.”Aaron Rodgers: I think one of my issues and I brought this up many times is that one, they don’t talk about the fact that guys are getting better, people are getting better using these things. That’s fine if you don’t want to talk about that. But how come in a league we are seeing, what 52 guys on the list yesterday? There is still zero conversation, at least publicly, about treatment options for people that test positive. I do know behind the scenes. This is 100% true. There are many teams who are using, who are recommending a lot of the same treatments that I got for their players… If science can’t be questioned it’s not science then it’s propaganda.