Monday, September 20, 2021

GOP Anger Builds Over Biden Team Rationing of COVID-19 Treatment in Red States; By Withholding Regeneron, Biden Could Be Sentencing Black People to Death, and other C-Virus related stories

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GOP anger builds over Biden team rationing of COVID-19 treatment in red states:
Republican lawmakers are demanding the Biden administration to cease rationing COVID-19 antibody treatments, saying the restrictions are disproportionately harming red states.
They sent a letter Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra calling on him to reverse the decision to ration COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments to their states.
The lawmakers said the rationing threatens their states with “a severe deficit of doses” of the antibody treatments, which has proven to be powerfully effective in fighting COVID-19 infections including aiding the recovery last year of then-President Trump.
“This decision was made without providing the Florida Department of Health or healthcare providers anytime to prepare for this dramatic shift,” the lawmakers wrote. “Prior to this week, health care providers were able to obtain mAb therapies directly from distributors. With no warning, that changed, leaving Florida providers scrambling for information and a path forward for previously scheduled appointments of this life-saving therapy.”
Mr. Becerra did not immediately respond to a request for comment. --->READ MORE HERE
Matt Slocum / Associated Press
By Withholding Regeneron, Biden Could Be Sentencing Black People to Death:
President Joe Biden’s decision to cut deliveries of monoclonal antibodies to southeastern states, in what critics have called a politically-motivated effort to punish Republican states, could end up sentencing black people to death from coronavirus.
On Tuesday, Politico reported that the Biden administration was going to ration the distribution of monoclonal antibodies from Regeneron, given that “demand from a handful of southern states … accounted for 70 percent of all orders in early September.”
There is no shortage of Regeneron, and the federal government controls the distribution of the drug completely.
The decision came after the administration said that it would not cut supply to those states, and after Biden himself announced last week that “we will increase the average pace of shipment across the country of free monoclonal antibody treatments by another 50 percent.”
Biden’s approach, Politico said, would hurt”GOP-led states… that have made the pricey antibody drug a central part of their pandemic strategy, while simultaneously spurning mask mandates and other restrictions.” --->READ MORE HERE
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