Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took a break yesterday from getting his ass kicked in courtroom to threaten but extra pointless litigation. This time he’s going to tackle the Meals and Drug Administration for withdrawing the emergency use authorization for 2 monoclonal antibody remedies for COVID-19.
“As a result of knowledge present these remedies are extremely unlikely to be energetic in opposition to the omicron variant, which is circulating at a really excessive frequency all through the US, these remedies should not approved to be used in any U.S. states, territories, and jurisdictions right now,” Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni, Director of the Heart for Drug Analysis and Analysis stated Tuesday. “Sooner or later, if sufferers in sure geographic areas are more likely to be contaminated or uncovered to a variant that’s prone to those remedies, then use of those remedies could also be approved in these areas.”
In plain English, the medicine should not efficient in opposition to the omicron variant, and 99.9 p.c of infections within the nation at the moment are omicron.
Or as DeSantis put it:
With no shred of scientific knowledge to help this motion, Biden has pressured educated medical professionals to decide on between treating their sufferers or breaking the regulation. This indefensible edict takes remedy out of the arms of medical professionals and can price some Individuals their lives. There are real-world implications to Biden’s medical authoritarianism – Individuals’ entry to remedies is now topic to the whims of a failing president.
Final week DeSantis advised with out a shred of proof that vaccines, that are efficient in opposition to omicron, may trigger infertility. However now he gained’t even take Regeneron and Eli Lilly’s phrase for it that their merchandise should not efficient at treating the predominant variant.
In the meantime DeSantis’s controversial (learn: batshit loopy) Press Secretary Christina Pushaw is flooding the zone with nonsense, together with retweeting rightwing troll Mike Cernovich saying, “The FDA is making an attempt to make it so that individuals in Florida die of Covid. They’ll kill individuals to hurt Republicans. Metal yourselves for the evil that’s being unleashed.”
Whereas downplaying the benefits of vaccines and refusing to say if he himself has obtained the booster, DeSantis spent the higher a part of the yr flogging antibody remedies, going as far as to open infusion facilities in stadiums, at the same time as he threatened to revoke funding for faculties which sought to maintain youngsters in masks to forestall transmission of coronavirus.
Naturally the governor vowed to “combat again” in opposition to the Biden administration’s ban on pumping his constituents full of pricy, ineffective medicine. Requested by a reporter on Monday if he intends to sue, DeSantis responded, “We’re going to look. We’re going to see what you are able to do.”
Harvard Legislation Faculty, class of 2005, doin’ the Crimson proud.
Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore the place she writes about regulation and politics.