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Florida’s surgeon general Dr. Joseph Ladapo has alleged that the Biden administration is “actively preventing” the distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19, causing an “immediate and life-threatening shortage of treatment options.”

Ladapo made the allegations in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra on Tuesday, pointing out that the federal government had reduced the number of antibody treatments Florida could receive earlier this year “without any advanced notice.”

“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 this state,” Ladapo wrote. “This shortsightedness is especially evident given that the federal government effectively prohibited states from purchasing these monoclonal antibodies and serving their populations directly.”

Ladapo addressed the HHS’s recent decision to pause the distribution of antibody treatments because they were unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant, saying federal agencies should not limit Florida’s access to “any available treatments for COVID-19.”

In September, the Biden administration placed restrictions on how COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments would be distributed to states, a move that disproportionately harmed Republican-led states.

“Federal health officials plan to allocate specific amounts to each state under the new approach, in an effort to more evenly distribute the 150,000 doses that the government makes available each week,” Politico reported. “The approach is likely to cut into shipments to GOP-led states in the Southeast that have made the pricey antibody-drug a central part of their pandemic strategy, while simultaneously spurning mask mandates and other restrictions.”

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Politico pointed out that the decision was a shift from distribution based on an “as-needed basis.”

“Still, until recently, the administration had shipped the antibody treatments to states on an as-needed basis — with top health officials in early August going as far as encouraging those battling the Delta surge to seek even more supply,” the outlet added. “But demand from a handful of southern states has exploded since then, state and federal officials said, raising concerns they were consuming a disproportionate amount of the national supply. Seven states — Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama — accounted for 70 percent of all orders in early September.”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) responded to the decision in two different tweets.

“Antibody treatments aren’t a substitute for vaccines,” Rubio tweeted. “But they have prevented thousands of hospitalizations including in breakthrough cases. Now in a move that reeks of partisan payback against states like Florida, the Biden administration is rationing these treatments.”

His second tweet contained a video with the caption, “Every day it’s something new with these people in the White House. The decision to ration antibody treatments proves they focused on public health. What they want is power and control.”

 

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