Ron DeSantis Takes New Role As COVID Fighter In Battle With Media Ahead Of 2024

( During a press conference on Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis blasted the Biden administration after the Food and Drug Administration adjusted its authorization for monoclonal antibody treatments.

On Monday, the FDA reversed its policy noting that the treatments are “highly unlikely to be active against the omicron variant.” This move comes after the FDA recommended Merck’s COVID-19 antiviral pill in December despite concerns of possible risks from the medication.

DeSantis questioned the FDA’s decision, pointing out that it approves the Merck pill despite the data showing risks while it prevents monoclonal antibody treatment.

He also invited patients successfully treated with monoclonal antibodies and clinicians who have used them to share their experiences.

One doctor said monoclonal antibody treatment has been “extremely important” and called the FDA’s decision “bothersome.” Dr. Dwight Reynolds said he felt it necessary to speak out because his ability to treat his patients “was being interfered with.”

Governor DeSantis hammered the White House for lying about how effective the treatments are. Singling out White House press secretary Jen Psaki for claiming monoclonal antibodies don’t work against Omicron and have bad side effects, DeSantis said based on what they have seen in Florida, those claims are not true.

He said it was a lie that monoclonal antibodies have adverse reactions and accused the White House of lying to “buttress politically a position that they have taken.” He called the decision “indefensible as a matter of policy” and “basic decency.”

DeSantis argued that even if monoclonal antibody treatment is not as effective against Omicron, it should not have been “taken off the table” because Omicron isn’t the only variant still affecting people.

The Republican governor, considered a likely Republican hopeful in 2024, defended Floridians’ rights to the treatment and accused the FDA of making policy changes like this “to prop up the regime.”

“That’s not the way you treat people in this country,” DeSantis said.