Ron DeSantis, Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan: Jimmy Patronis wants feds to turn over discussions about the trio

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Targeted at Anthony Fauci and others, the record request is part of a larger inquiry into President Joe Biden's handling of a post-infection treatment.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is seeking answers as to why the administration of President Joe Biden throttled shipments of monoclonal antibodies to Florida.

Patronis on Wednesday filed a record request about a slew of federal leaders, asking for any correspondence about the coveted post-infection treatment.

He is also seeking public records containing conversations about Gov. Ron DeSantis, podcaster Joe Rogan and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, among more than a dozen figures, state agencies and news outlets. Those three, notably, are among the more outspoken critics of the federal government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The request applies to messages sent between 17 high-ranking federal employees including Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Health Director Francis Collins and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, among others.

“If they’re conspiring to hold back lifesaving drugs, we’ll find out,” Patronis tweeted.

Wednesday’s move marks Patronis’ first swing in Florida’s fight to replenish its stock of the federally supplied drug.

Florida was among the first states to emphasize the treatment to residents. DeSantis traveled statewide alongside doctors last year, touting the treatment and its results.

In recent months, however, states including Florida have blasted the Biden administration for reducing federal supply of the drug.

Monoclonal antibodies, like those manufactured by Regeneron, are lab-created antibodies used to mitigate COVID-19 symptoms and complications.

“I’ve gotten fed up with the Biden Administration’s war against COVID treatments,” Patronis added. “I’ve got around 2,000 employees I am responsible for, and I am the state’s Fire Marshal helping to support Florida’s 45,000 firefighters.”

Patronis isn’t alone. Amid a spike of omicron cases, DeSantis and Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo have also voiced frustration about the lack of monoclonal antibody shipments. They and other state leaders have marched across Florida in recent days, urging the Biden administration to ramp up supply.

The feds announced plans Tuesday to send 30,000 to 40,000 doses of monoclonal antibody therapy to Florida, marking a victory for DeSantis and company.

Democrats have long criticized the Governor’s emphasis on early treatment. They instead argue DeSantis should focus more on the state’s vaccination effort among other measures such as masking and testing.

Patronis noted the ideological tug-of-war in his announcement. He characterized the Biden administration as “obsessed” with vaccines and masks.

“I like vaccines, too! I got mine,” Patronis said. “But I am seeing A LOT of breakthrough cases by people who love the mask and got the shot. And when do these boosters end? Ever?”

He continued: “Seems like the early treatments that (DeSantis) is pushing is a good idea to keep folks out of the hospital, but the Biden team just isn’t serious about it. They give out some, and then they take it back. What gives? It’s not priority to them. WHY?”

Some early tests suggest monoclonal antibodies are less effective against the rapidly spreading, yet seemingly less potent omicron variant. Proponents, however, argue the treatment is still useful against the more powerful delta variant.

Nearly 2% of all Floridians had COVID-19 in the past week, though scientists say many infections caused few or no symptoms — a factor that suggests case counts are no longer a fair measurement of virus’s impact.

Ladapo on Tuesday suggested COVID-19 testing should prioritize the vulnerable, rather than the more healthy.

A copy of the record request is featured below.

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.


30 comments

  • Tomas

    January 5, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Its because the monoclonal isnt effective against the omnicron variant.

  • Tom

    January 5, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Of course they are going do.
    More people’s perished under Biden compared to Trump.
    More people perished under Fauci.
    It’s atrocious. Liberal Democrats Media gives them both a pass. Shameful.
    No tests ordered in October by Biden team, they purposefully passed. No new therapeutics or old ordered ones either. No fda commish still. Shameful. They lived off of Trump adm first year. What a joke. He promised to eliminate it.
    Con a con.

    • Ed Burke

      January 5, 2022 at 10:51 pm

      The pandemic didn’t start in the Trump admin until 2019. You’re dishonest. Imagine that. More people have died under republican governors

      • Tom

        January 6, 2022 at 6:19 am

        More death per Biden & Fauci!
        Full stop, end of story.
        You Manchurian s starred all this with hanging it on Trump.
        Man up, except for unconcerned citizen & peter h, they don’t have balls.
        CG, Ed Burke, Don’t look up, all your conspiracy theories especially C G are falsehoods. CG everything I says is false. Period!

        • Ed Burke

          January 6, 2022 at 8:31 am

          I am sorry that you suffer from Biden Derangement Syndrome. I understand that you Righties are so incompetent that you have to blame everyone else to avoid that reality. Trump is a traitor and terrorist who directly killed Herman Caine and hundreds of his sycophants.

          • Tom

            January 10, 2022 at 12:29 pm

            Stop lying.

        • Ed Burke

          January 6, 2022 at 9:11 am

          Sorry, more people died under Trump. Your claim is baseless nonsense and Newsweek already fact-checked it. You’re using the wrong dates.

          • PeterH

            January 6, 2022 at 12:35 pm

            Tom parrots his fake news from Stormfront, Breitbart, Fox and grifter college dropout Candice Owen! Blah blah blah….. nothing significant from his shallow rants.

          • Tom

            January 10, 2022 at 12:28 pm

            Total lies.
            Peter h & Ed Burke.
            Desperation set in for you all.
            You’ve been found guilty
            Numbers are true.
            Fauci can’t protect you.

          • PeterH

            January 10, 2022 at 12:47 pm

            Tom is not good at math. He believes every bit of nonsense from right wing media. LOL

  • Ron Ogden

    January 5, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Mmmmmm. . .nothin’ like a little sunshine to kill the germs.

  • Don’t Look Up

    January 5, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    Same old Republican distraction from their complete incompetence!

    Don’t Look Up! 👀 Look over here at this shiny object I’m holding.

  • Concern Citizen

    January 5, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Interesting to hear Tiny Tom the Troll blame Our President and Dr. Fauci for more COVID deaths than Trump. I don’t remember them telling people not to wear masks, not to be vaccinated, and NOT do the many safe practices to prevent the spread of Covid. Looks like Trumps Operation Warp Speed to save our society from Covid was a failure.

  • Alex

    January 5, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Let’s Go Darwin!

  • Adam Wright

    January 5, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Patronis should worry about all those unvaccinated first responders whose number one cause of death last year was covid.

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  • Terrence S. Callahan

    January 5, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Patronis is the Peter Navarro of the DeSantis administration.

  • Ed Burke

    January 5, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Is he talking about vaccines? Vaccines have been available for quite some time now. Perhaps the feds should get a search warrant for this CFO’s communications with republican governors.

  • CG

    January 5, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    DeSantis top donor (multi-millions to DeSantis PAC) is hedgefund CEO who holds close to twenty million in Regeneron stock, which coincidentally soars in value every time DeSantis pushes it. Here’s the problem; Vaccines are FREE, help prevent infection in the first place, and help prevent worsening of infection if the Covis is contracted. Regeneron does NOTHING to prevent infection, is only used AFTER hospitalization of patients with severe COVID, and the Regeneron treatments DeSantis is pushing to financially benefit his political donor, cost approximately $1,250 per dose. Logic and common sense suggest (were he interested in the health of Floridians) that DeSantis should be touting vaccines and masks as a preventative measure, instead of encouraging super-spreader events that lead to hospitalizations, and benefit his political patron at the expense of Floridian’s health and lives. But don’t look up.

    • Tom

      January 6, 2022 at 6:20 am

      Total discredited conspiracy!

      • Ed Burke

        January 6, 2022 at 9:09 am

        It’s very credible. Look at all the Republicans who sold stocks based on their insider knowledge. Rick Scott’s wife’s company made millions drug testing welfare recipients spending about ten million to catch two people. No one spends other people’s money like Republicans.

        • Tom

          January 10, 2022 at 1:04 pm

          Hardly, the Feds purchased all the Regeneron back in 20. There is no there, there you idiot conspiracy fool.
          It’s been documented, furthermore his holding of Regeneron was minuscule compared to his overall holdings.
          Regardless, thousands have been saved by Regeneron. Are you idiots serous. How demented are all
          Of you Manchurians.
          You liberals love to make baseless empty charges, no facts, just fools. Go away, shut up, be quiet. Go walk with with Nikki Fraud and scream somewhere. Liberal bubble.

          • PeterH

            January 10, 2022 at 1:08 pm

            Regeneron developing antibodies to target omicron as current cocktail loses potency against variant. Currently Regeneron is useless against the current Omicron variant!

          • Tom

            January 11, 2022 at 7:13 pm

            Shut up peter h.
            No one is talking bout that.
            You think you are smarter. You are not. Be quiet.

          • PeterH

            January 11, 2022 at 7:33 pm

            I know that real facts are confusing to you. Sad.

        • Joseph Marks

          January 14, 2022 at 4:50 pm

          What?? The Scott’s making money off the medical industry unethically. You don’t say. #medicaidfraud

  • rass

    January 6, 2022 at 9:10 am

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The law requires one to use a seat belt but somehow some elective officials decry that wearing a nose and mouth covering is an unconstitutional infringement on personal liberty during a pandemic with a virus spread by aerosolized particles. Hummm

  • Researchgy

    January 8, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    According to a recent study in the Lancet, “fully vaccinated individuals with breakthrough infections have peak viral load similar to unvaccinated cases and can transmit infection…” Likewise, “People who get vaccine breakthrough infections can be contagious,” says the CDC. Even more compelling, …“vaccinated individuals still have the potential to infect others. Worse, one CDC report shows that vaccinated people can still be superspreaders. If vaccinated people still get and spread covid with the same viral load as unvaccinated people then vaccinated people should be tested for covid in the same manner as unvaccinated people, correct? Correct. CDC also states, “vaccination is NOT sufficient to prevent transmission of covid virus.” If vaccination is not sufficient to prevent transmission of covid virus, then why are employees being fired for not being vaccinated? An irrational fear of covid doesn’t entitle a workplace to discriminate against persons based on vaccine status. Simply put, there are no compelling or extraordinary reasons to selectively discriminate against unvaccinated people when vaccinated people can still infect others, have similar viral load and be contagious. Therefore, given the absence of logical grounds to continue such discrimination employers should immediately cease and desist such discrimination. A more rational, fair and least restrictive solution would be to provide rapid covid testing for all employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, provide free testing at stores, schools and hospitals and require all people to wear masks indoors until there’s ample evidence of herd immunity. The highly transmissible Omicron variant could help countries reach herd immunity as cases continue to rise, health experts say.

    Sources:
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/cdc-report-shows-vaccinated-people-can-spread-covid-19/ar-AAML2bE
    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00648-4/fulltext
    https://www.ibtimes.com/covid-19-herd-immunity-possible-omicron-cases-surge-experts-say-3369737d.

  • Tom

    January 10, 2022 at 11:25 am

    Total disillusionment from the Manchurians.
    Amazingly, how you all crumble. Numbers don’t lie. Fauci and Biden overwhelmingly top that category. No joy, just facts. Deal with it.
    Peter h, EdBurke want a be, illegal citizen, cg, Tomas, and others. Your world shattered in your liberal media bubble. Newsweek LMAO. Major Manchurian clown show. Bunch of naive fools,
    Biden & Fauci own it, just like you all do.

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