Gov. DeSantis bucks critics of monoclonal roadshow
Ron DeSantis. Image via Scott Powers.

Ron DeSantis
The odometer-spinning effort is drawing mixed reviews.

It’ll take more than a bit of criticism for Gov. Ron DeSantis to cut the lights on his latest COVID-19 roadshow.

Speaking Monday in Englewood, the Republican Governor defended himself against critics who scrutinize his promotion of monoclonal antibodies. 

“I disagree with people who say you shouldn’t talk about early treatment because that may cause somebody to say: ‘Hey, I’ll just get the treatment,’” DeSantis said at a news conference. “Instead, you got to give them the information and let them make the decisions.”

Indeed, DeSantis has racked up the mileage promoting the injectable cocktail. Over the past week, he has appeared at well over a dozen ribbon-cutting events statewide, and more are soon to come.

The key, DeSantis said, is awareness.

“Just think of all the people who could have had this, who just didn’t know about it,” DeSantis told reporters in Englewood after an afternoon overture in Fort Pierce. 

Monoclonal antibody treatment involves injecting laboratory-created antibodies into the system of a COVID-19 infected person.

By week’s end, DeSantis expects roughly 21 sites to be fully operational statewide. Those sites, he predicted, will administer 10,000 treatments in the next 48 hours.

Still, DeSantis’ road warrior effort is drawing mixed reviews.

On Monday, the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board charged DeSantis as a “dangerously disengaged Governor” who favors post-infection therapeutics over vaccines.

It’s an assertion DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, disputes.

“Fact check: Gov. Ron DeSantis talks about vaccines at every monoclonal news conference; he has been doing 2/3 of these DAILY,” Pushaw tweeted.

On the other hand, doctors at Tampa General Hospital praised and supported the promotion in early August.

Regardless, DeSantis suggested Monday that, unlike him, Floridians need not travel far.

“The idea is (to) have them around the state to where the vast majority of our population has at least some type of access,” DeSantis said. “Obviously, we can’t make it five minutes from everyone’s house, but something that would be a car ride away to do.”

Monoclonal antibody treatment is free. More details and the locations of treatment sites are available online.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the injectable antibody cocktail in August as an early COVID-19 treatment for people at high risk for severe infections.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


16 comments

  • Alex

    August 23, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Lol

    DesAnus plays the self righteous victim.

    • Tom

      August 24, 2021 at 7:23 am

      America’s Governor suffers the filth from the likes of you and others.
      His laser like focus, like the monoclonal is example to his commitment.

      As for you, there is no word to describe your awful attacks.

      • Alex

        August 24, 2021 at 5:46 pm

        The proven liar goes on his childish attacks, again.

        • Pat

          August 24, 2021 at 6:51 pm

          Tom is very thin skinned and easily triggered. He doesn’t know what to do with his anger so he’s become a raging keyboard warrior. Best to ignore him.

          • Tom

            August 24, 2021 at 7:07 pm

            Alex and Pat two dumb ass Dummycrats. Alex, what are you whining bout now. WAH, WAH.
            You have nothing along with this Dum crat shill Pat. America’s Governor, the whiz kid leader on monoclonal Renegeron has emergency centers everywhere. AP smear has been debunked and now the whiz kid is whizzing on you, Pat and other Manchurians. You are an idiot but that’s established.

          • Tom

            August 24, 2021 at 7:08 pm

            Hardly Pat.
            Alex and Pat two dumb ass Dummycrats. Alex, what are you whining bout now. WAH, WAH.
            You have nothing along with this Dum crat shill Pat. America’s Governor, the whiz kid leader on monoclonal Renegeron has emergency centers everywhere. AP smear has been debunked and now the whiz kid is whizzing on you, Pat and other Manchurians. You are an idiot but that’s established.

  • Pat

    August 23, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Follow the money and you’ll see DeSantis benefitting.
    Too self-absorbed, not at all benevolent.

  • Tom

    August 23, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    You both are the liars.
    Brilliant Governor, who suffers Manchurian fools gladly like Alex.

    Ex military officer like precision and focus, getting the meds to the peeps. His commitment in making sure. DeSantis, America’s Governor.

    God Bless this wonderful man and his family.
    Camelot in Tallahassee!
    .

    • Tom Palmer

      August 23, 2021 at 9:11 pm

      He just seems too focused on his critics rather than just blowing it off and moving on. Whininess is unbecoming. Name-calling is childish.

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 24, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Duffus Desantis is a damn drug dealer! Prevention! Damn stupid! Prevention! Our children under 12 are being used as Duffus Desantis political bs! The drug is a damn pharma donated dollars to Duffus Desantis ! You got to be sick with Covid and crawl in to a library for treatment!!! Shoddy bs for drug money.

  • martin

    August 24, 2021 at 8:24 am

    America’s Gov., will easily coast to a 2nd term, then look to a Presidential run. He is the only one who can save our country from the destructive dem’s. Time to retire those who continue calling him duffus. They know not what they speak about!

    • Pat

      August 24, 2021 at 8:35 am

      DeSantis is not going to hold steady. CV19 will win just like it did with Trump.

      • Tom

        August 24, 2021 at 9:32 am

        Typical filth from the Dums like yourself. Filth will not prevail.
        Your sick words, “CV 19 will win” So demented. Hater.

  • Pat

    August 24, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Yes Tom, CV19 does make you sick. You’re not as ignorant as you appear.

    • Tom

      August 24, 2021 at 10:45 am

      You are a pathetic human.
      He is offering an approved med.
      You are deranged.

  • martin

    August 24, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Just like with Trump, look for who the Democrats and media attack the most out of fear and that’s your candidate. The left and media have always feared those they can’t control and are not beholden to anyone, and proof of that is their love affair with the likes of Cheney and Kinzinger. Thanks to them, we will always know who to vote for.

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