Speaker at Ron DeSantis event extols hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin
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The Governor made no comment about the speaker's claims about the unapproved treatments.

A speaker at a Gov. Ron DeSantis press availability lamented restrictions on monoclonal antibody distribution, saying it was one of a few treatments for COVID-19 that the Joe Biden administration stifled, and yoking it to some more controversial drugs.

Charles Craig, a 40-year-old handyman from Apollo Beach, said that the White House had “grabbed” hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin and were doing the same with Regeneron-branded monoclonal antibody treatment.

“To think that they’re limiting the access of this is sickening. It works. It’s awesome. Another reason you know it works,” Craig said. “In the beginning, hydroxychloroquine worked. They grabbed it. More recently, ivermectin worked. They grabbed it. And now they’re grabbing my Regeneron.”

The comments were made at a press conference in Tampa where DeSantis was condemning Biden for shorting the state on Regeneron, cutting supplies from previous levels and frustrating the state’s preferred treatment strategy.

The Governor made no comment about the speaker’s claims about hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin, two discredited COVID-19 treatments embraced disproportionately by the anti-vaxxer set, but he did distance Regeneron from them in his comments saying it was the only approved treatment of the three.

Ivermectin use has been linked with an uptick in poison control calls in recent weeks, with people using it off-label to treat COVID-19.

Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, was used early in the pandemic, but was discredited as a treatment modality months back. DeSantis had obtained a million doses of it from the Trump administration in 2020.

This is the second press conference this month where a speaker made questionable claims at a DeSantis event intended to spotlight lifesaving monoclonal therapy.

An Alachua County event saw a public employee claim falsely that COVID-19 vaccines change the genetic codes of those who have taken them. DeSantis claimed not to remember hearing those comments when asked.

Darris Friend, an employee at Gainesville Regional Utilities, said he was refusing the shot: “The vaccine changes your RNA, so for me, that’s a problem.”

Friend’s theory contradicted science. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes clear, vaccines do not change an individual’s core genetic material because they do not interact with the nucleus of body cells.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • PeterH

    September 23, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Obviously, Ron DeSantis spends many hours curating only the very best speakers for his wingnut pressers!

    • Nancy

      September 27, 2021 at 10:15 am

      It’s like DeSantis —and like-minded allies promoting snake oil to treat or prevent delta —wants us to die! SMH

  • Alex

    September 23, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    DeAnus has lost his grip on reality.

    • Frankie M.

      September 24, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      God bless Ronnie’s selective hearing. Maybe his new surgeon general can prescribe some horse tranquilizers for that?

  • Chuck Anziulewicz

    September 23, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    So many of the same people who cheered Trump for “Operation Warp Speed” were now scrambling to find reasons NOT to get the vaccine, and the arguments are plentiful:

    1: “I won’t be able to sue anyone if I have a bad reaction!”
    2: “The vaccine has invisible microchips to let the government track my movements!”
    3: “To hell with my doctor. Dennis Prager said I should take ivermectin instead!”
    4: “The vaccine has graphene oxide in it, and the 5G network will turn me into an obedient communist zombie!”
    5: “The vaccine is part of a sinister globalist plot to sterilize people and reduce the human population!”
    6: “Donald Trump wasn’t reelected, so I’m not gonna cooperate!”
    7: “On Facebook, I saw a woman who got the vaccine, and now metal is sticking to her!”
    8: “I;m not gonna let the Deep State tell ME what to do!”

    You see, they have pathetic little lives, and this is the only way they see themselves as being part of a movement. It’s very sad.

    • PeterH

      September 23, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      Very well said. I’ll never vote for another Republican…… because everyone in the Governor’s office and Congress has bought into this absurdity.

      • Joethevet

        September 26, 2021 at 9:32 pm

        Don’t need your vote chump

    • Alex

      September 24, 2021 at 12:54 pm

      Number six is probably closest to the truth.

    • Jerry

      September 25, 2021 at 12:11 am

      Trump never intended to make the vaccine mandatory. The goal of operation warp speed was to create a safe and effective vaccine, get it to market quickly, and make it very readily available to everyone who needs or wants it. That has been accomplished.

      But now it’s the liberals who want want to mandate it. You want to force this injection into everyone’s arms. While conservatives believe people should have control over their own medical decisions.

      It’s safe to say if Trump was still president today, he would not be trying to mandate the vaccine. Mandates were NEVER part of Operation Warp Speed.

      • Syndey

        September 25, 2021 at 8:13 pm

        Thank you for staying on track. It’s a choice. It should not be a mandate. Do we really want to go back to bell vs burns? The liberals talk out both sides of their mouth.

    • Nancy

      September 27, 2021 at 10:17 am

      Their false comments would be funny if they weren’t so deadly!

  • Tom

    September 23, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Meanwhile the largest voting bloc continues to have at least 60% of the minority group, still having not taken the vaccine. But be sure to ridicule others that have not.

    Chuck you are wrong, the recognition for 45’s accomplishments in coordinating the vaccines production is appropriate. It was Herculean.

    • Tom Palmer

      September 24, 2021 at 6:20 pm

      Only minority I hear from are the wingnuts who show up at public meetings to complain about masks and vaccines

  • tjb

    September 24, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Herculean? I will drink to that if I can find my bottle of bleach.

    • Tom

      September 24, 2021 at 8:57 am

      Agh tjb, glad you recovered from your absence

      You and rest can belittle all you want. 45’s efforts with vaccine production is legendary. His administration laid the plan out to pay all companies to mass produce product that may or may not work.

      You liberal cocoon tom a tons are oblivious to reality. He paid for all the monoclonal therapeutics.

      Governor Ron is America’s Governor.
      Great leader on a mission, with whiz kid effort, work horse not a show horse. God Bless him.

    • Alex

      September 24, 2021 at 6:02 pm


      Nice one.

  • Harold Finch

    September 24, 2021 at 10:01 am

    All of the absurd actions and orders by DeSantis clearly show what a complete idiot he is. As a Republican I am so upset with his administartion. Could never vote for him!!

  • Jacop

    September 24, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Ron desantis will make a great president, he gets real numbers from his Physicians and knows these drugs are working and not killing patients.. he will make a wonderful POTUS

    • Alex

      September 24, 2021 at 6:06 pm

      Remember when our proud Governor proclaimed Florida had beaten locked down California in deaths?

      He stopped touting it not long after.

      Florida is now more than 40% ahead of California in covid deaths per 100,000 residents.

    • Mary Hueckel

      September 25, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      I agree!

  • Jose

    September 24, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Both work, do research and you will see.

  • Michael Paris

    September 25, 2021 at 10:40 am

    They do both work, but the party of “science” wants you to do what you are told. I witnessed both of these drugs working in Africa where it has been used on humans for years. It is still approved for use in humans in the USA. Idiots wont follow the money.

    • PeterH

      September 25, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Michael Paris is yet another uninformed American! Yes indeed, hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin have both been used in Africa for decades! They’ve been used to prevent or kill internal parasites. Wake up! COVID IS NOT A PARASITE! …. And neither drug have been shown to modulate Covid.

      • Jonathan Anderson

        September 25, 2021 at 11:17 pm

        then why has there been so much success treating COVID with them?

        • PeterH

          September 25, 2021 at 11:28 pm

          There has been zero documented success. Many people contract Covid and have moderate to mild symptoms with or without treatment. If these individuals take hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin and survive……it’s not the drugs that are saving them……it’s their weak viral load that is saving them. Science has concluded that parasite drugs like hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin have no impact on Covid because Covid is not a parasite.

          • Jake

            September 26, 2021 at 12:45 pm

            Hydroxychloroquine originally was (and still is) used to treat malaria. It has also been used for decades for treating autoimmune illnesses like RA and lupus. In April, when Trump and DeSantis were hoarding it, I and many others who truly needed this drug could not get it. I ended up paying 20 x what I usually pay – for no good reason.

            What hydroxychloroquine does NOT do is treat covid. Same with ivermectin. While both are FDA approved, they are not approved for treating covid, because they do NOT work for that purpose.

          • Nobody special

            September 27, 2021 at 12:31 am

            So in India, where they eradicated Covid with ivermectin in Uttar Pradesh, with less than 5 pct vaxxed, that was like a miracle? This is happening all over the world …Peter, Peter …do you read?

  • John

    September 25, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    It always comes down to this… “When people who are honestly mistaken learn the truth, they will either cease being mistaken, or cease being honest!” (Anonymous)

    Throughout your entire life you continually DECIDE to either stop being mistaken –or stop being honest– when learning the truth. Which one of the two true answers applies to YOU in terms of the Covid-19 truth? Find out in  “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room –The Holocaustal Covid-19 Coronavirus Madness: A Sociological Perspective  & Historical Assessment Of The Covid “Phenomenon”” by Rolf Hefti at www dot  CovidTruthBeKnown  dot com

  • Joethevet

    September 26, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    This shit is a total freaking lie. Ivermectin and HCQ both work in treatment of China virus. The big pharma and media are against it becuse it is Cheap and works.

    • PeterH

      September 26, 2021 at 9:34 pm

      False. Both medications are meant for parasites. Covid is not a parasite. So you’re incorrect.

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