Biden’s War on Red State COVID Patients
How many patients will die because of Joe’s political vendetta against GOP states?
For patients with moderate COVID-19 symptoms, monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments have proven remarkably successful in decreasing hospitalization and death rates. Moreover, because states and health care providers could order mAb shipments directly from suppliers, they have been utilized significantly in places that have experienced recent case spikes. In Florida, for example, the CDC indicates that new COVID deaths have plummeted from an August 26 peak of 356 to only eight on September 17 (see graph below). However, such success in a red state was galling for the Biden administration, so the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was directed to seize the mAb supply ostensibly to achieve “equitable” distribution.
For the Biden administration, “equitable” means arbitrarily restricting red state access to mAb treatments and forbidding direct purchase by providers — all based on the false claim that places like Florida are monopolizing these therapies due to their dilatory vaccine rollouts. In reality, red-state distribution of vaccines outpaced their blue counterparts when the jabs first became available. And, mendacious media reports notwithstanding, 70 percent of Florida’s residents have received at least one shot, including 88 percent of its largest-in-the-nation senior population. Even with the latest Delta variant spike, Florida has a lower Confirmed Case Fatality Rate (1.44%) than two-thirds of its counterparts.
Florida’s GOP governor, Ron DeSantis, was outraged that the Biden administration is willing to harm and even kill COVID patients for the sake of politics: “I will fight like hell to overcome Biden’s cruel decision to reduce life-saving monoclonal antibody treatments for Floridians drastically.… It’s wrong to penalize Florida for his partisan bitterness.” The Governor pointed out the decision wasn’t merely bad for the health of Florida residents; it was yet another of our president’s trademark flip-flops. Biden himself quite recently pledged that he would increase the pace of mAb shipments by 50 percent. Gov. DeSantis disposed of that disingenuous promise as follows:
Just last week on September 9, President Joe Biden said that his administration would be increasing shipments of monoclonal antibodies in September, by 50 percent. And yet, on September 13, HHS announced that it was seizing control of the monoclonal antibody supply and it would control distribution. And then on September 14, the announcement was that more than 50 percent of the monoclonal antibodies that have been used in Florida were going to be reduced.… There’s going to be a huge disruption and patients are going to suffer as a result of this. So, we’re going to work like hell to overcome the obstacles that HHS and the Biden administration have put on us.
Part of the DeSantis plan to overcome these Biden administration obstacles is to agree with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to purchase its monoclonal antibody treatment, Sotrovimab. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an Emergency Use Authorization for Sotrovimab in May. Unlike Regeneron, the mAb that Florida had relied upon until HHS seized it all last week, GSK is thus far free to make a deal with Gov. DeSantis for the distribution of Sotrovimab. However, the Biden administration has declared itself the final arbiter of “equitable distribution.” Hence, HHS may swoop in and seize the Sotrovimab to dictate which states will receive it.
Florida is by no means the only target of the Biden administration’s mAb rationing scheme. It will also harm Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, These states plus Florida have recently been ordering 70 percent of the mAb doses. Never mind that they have been experiencing Delta variant spikes, the Biden administration insists on reducing their mAb shipments in the name of “equity.” It won’t surprise anyone familiar with Biden’s record on race that his administration’s notion of equity will do the most harm in states with the highest number of Black residents. Breitbart’s Joel B. Pollak writes:
Texas, Georgia, and Florida are the three U.S. states with the largest number of black residents. Black residents are also a large proportion of residents in each of the affected states, according to data from the 2020 U.S. Census: Alabama (1.3 million – 25.8%); Florida (3.2 million – 15.1%); Georgia (3.3 million – 31.0%); Louisiana (1.5 million – 31.4%); Mississippi (1.1 million – 36.6%); Tennessee (1.1 million – 15.8%); Texas (3.6 million – 12.2%). The nationwide proportion of black residents is 12.4%. Together, these seven states comprise over 15 million black Americans.
Those inclined to write this off as tinfoil hat stuff should remember that the pandemic has disproportionately affected Black Americans. Democrats and their media partners frequently claim that southern states have been hit hard by the Delta variant because they are filled with MAGA types who refuse to be vaccinated. The reality is that the most vaccine-hesitant residents of these states are Black. But indeed, even Joe Biden is not so callous that he would condemn African-Americans to illness and even death for political purposes, right? Don’t forget; this is the guy who told Charlamagne Tha God, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for Trump or me, then you ain’t Black.”
Even if one disregards the racism charge as a conspiracy theory, it’s challenging to find a nonpartisan reason for the Biden administration’s decision to deprive tens of thousands of patients in seven states of monoclonal antibody treatments that have proven very successful in decreasing hospitalization and death rates under COVID-19. It is a cynical and politically driven policy that will harm Americans of all races. Are Biden and his lackeys this cruel? What would the Americans they left for dead in Afghanistan say?
Cross-posted from Spector
On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that he was “very very concerned” about President Joe Biden’s decision to restrict the distribution of monoclonal antibodies to states. At the same time, there is a rise in COVID-19 cases prompting a surge in demand for the treatment is mainly in southern states.
Late last week, Biden announced that the administration would be increasing shipments for September by 50%.
To counter Florida going after their supplies, the Biden Administration, which has not made a single purchase of this medicine, suddenly is rushing to buy out the supplies themselves to prevent Florida or Texas from accessing it. This is a deliberate attempt to put American lives in danger to punish these states; that is not what a president should do.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) also accused Biden and his administration of playing politics with the lives of Floridians. “Antibody treatments aren’t a substitute for vaccines, 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.”
Red states are seeking their deals with these medicines. Sadly, to make a political point, the left and Biden are willing to sacrifice American lives to prevent the red states from succeeding in this fight against covid. Their stance means more than American lives.
It is incredible the difference between the two administrations. Trump rushed ventilators, moved in hospital ships to cities and states that were rabidly anti-Trump; Biden is withholding vital medicine to punish the states that are not supportive of his policy. This is an example of how one president was the leader of all of America; the other isn’t.
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