January 5, 2021 Updated 3:10 P.M. ET
JACKSONVILLE (FCV) – In response to the pressure from Governor Ron DeSantis (R), Florida has been notified that it will begin to receive a shipment of 30,000 additional monoclonal antibody doses from the federal government.
“The legislature and I worked together to allocate more than $800 million for the rapid deployment of monoclonal antibody treatments throughout the state,” said DeSantis.
Governor Ron DeSantis visited various counties to demand that the Biden Administration stop getting in the way of Florida’s efforts to provide early treatment. Florida requested at least 30,000 doses per week more than it had been allocated by the Biden Administration to support new monoclonal antibody sites throughout various Florida counties.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Florida’s allocation for this week is roughly 2,000 doses less than last week, and nearly 10,000 doses less than New York, which has a smaller population.
“Florida has led the nation in monoclonal antibody treatment access under the direction of Governor DeSantis,” said Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo.
“The federal government should immediately approve our request and deliver the doses so Floridians can seek care in their communities, rather than being admitted into the hospital. As of yesterday, COVID-19 hospitalizations have decreased 67% and COVID ICU bed utilization has decreased 82.7% since their peaks in August. This is good news, but it is important that we are able to delineate between individuals hospitalized because of COVID and those who are admitted for other reasons and happen to test positive. AHCA will continue to work with all Florida hospitals to collect this information,” said Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary, Simone Marstiller.
The Biden Administration has been in charge of and responsible for allocating monoclonal antibodies to the states.
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