Gov. DeSantis lauds monoclonal antibodies, notes frequency of ‘breakthrough cases’

Ron DeSantis
'It's not really a rare thing to get infected at this point.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis lauded monoclonal antibodies Friday as a means to remedy the “waning efficacy” of COVID-19 vaccines.

Monoclonal antibodies are lab-created antibodies intended to mitigate COVID-19 symptoms and complications.

Speaking in Pensacola Friday with Republican Sen. Doug Broxson, DeSantis praised the injectable cocktail while challenging the term “breakthrough cases.”

The fully vaccinated, DeSantis contended, are testing positive “more and more” frequently.

“It’s not really a rare thing to get infected at this point,” DeSantis said, pointing to health data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows a slight decrease in efficacy against hospitalization among the elderly.

In recent weeks, DeSantis has traveled across the state highlighting the cost-free treatment and opening administration sites. At many events including Friday in Pensacola, recipients often highlight the experience and recovery after a dose of the antibodies.

The central message: The treatment is saving lives and mitigating hospitalizations.

Speaking to reporters, DeSantis lamented the treatment went underutilized during the pandemic’s early stages.

“This should have been something that was screamed from the rooftops from the HHS and CDC since last December,” DeSantis said. “Can you imagine if 100% of Americans knew that this was something that was available? You know how many people we would have kept that in the hospital? You know many people that would not have died over the last nine months?

In all, the state has set up roughly 21 treatment sites and treated about 45,000 people since mid-August.

While the treatment is proving effective, DeSantis said vaccines remain the best way to protest oneself.

There’s a balance, he suggested, between prevention and treatment.

“If this is something that everyone understands is available, you will absolutely reduce the number of people being admitted to hospitals, you will absolutely take weight off the hospital system and yes, you will save lives,” DeSantis said of the treatment.

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.


8 comments

  • Richard

    September 3, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Proof reading or editing anyone?

  • Alex

    September 3, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Attacking vaccines while promoting an emergency use temporary fix is desperation.

    What a sad excuse for a human being.

  • Rosann Caraker-Jentes

    September 4, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Jason/Author-You OMMITTED ” approved for EMERGENCY USE authorization only”!! Did you read the pamphlet DISCLOSUE given only after the treatment?! Do your Research Man! Did you forget or was that on purpose to spread disinformation that this is FDA approved? I am asking for a retraction and clarification!!

    • Bob

      September 6, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      The vaccines were also only approved for emergency use, yet everyone was flocking to take them. Or did you forget that?

  • Chelsea Shepherd

    September 4, 2021 at 9:38 pm

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  • Tom Palmer

    September 5, 2021 at 9:31 am

    It is not free; the cost to patients is simply covered by the taxpayers. The subsidy for vaccines is far less. Fiscal responsibility, anyone?

    • Tom

      September 8, 2021 at 11:50 pm

      Regeneron has been bought and paid for.

      45’s administration paid for it up front.
      Yes, it is taxpayer funded, just like the roads. . There is no charge to access the monoclonal.

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