The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made a very controversial decision angering many in the state of Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted on the matter Tuesday morning writing, “Without a shred of clinical data to support its decision, the Biden Administration has revoked the emergency use authorization for lifesaving monoclonal antibody treatments.”
In a follow-up Tweet, the Governor added, “Floridians have benefited from the state’s treatment sites and their access to treatment shouldn’t be denied based on the whims of a floundering president.”
Without a shred of clinical data to support its decision, the Biden Administration has revoked the emergency use authorization for lifesaving monoclonal antibody treatments.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 25, 2022
A press release from the Florida Department of Health stated, “this evening, without any advanced notice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for bamlanivimab / etesevimab and REGEN-COV. The revised EUAs do not allow providers to administer these treatments within the United States.”
Florida was effectively forced to shut down its sites administering monoclonal antibodies, which have been widely used as supplemental treatment, once the FDA revoked its authorization for distribution.
“Unfortunately, as a result of this abrupt decision made by the federal government, all monoclonal antibody state sites will be closed until further notice” the press release continues. National Review reports on the rocky relationship between Florida and the Biden administration as it relates to monoclonal treatments:
The development comes after Florida surgeon general Joseph Ladapo accused the Biden administration of intentionally restricting the circulation of Covid-19 therapeutics. Governor Ron DeSantis had launched dozens of antibody-treatment sites as part of the state’s strategy to defeat the disease.
The federal government is “actively preventing the effective distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments,” Ladapo wrote in a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra in December.
The Biden administration had reportedly suspended shipments of Covid-19 antibody treatments, which can shorten severity and duration of illness in those who contract the virus, amid mounting evidence that they had been rendered ineffective by the Omicron variant.
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According to a statement from the National Health Commission (NHC) the child raises chickens and crows in his home city of Zhumadian. On April 5 he showed fever and other symptoms, then was admitted to a medical institution five days later for treatment.
The statement indicated while it has been found in horses, dogs, birds and seals around the world, no human cases have ever been reported. Fox News reports the commission “warned the public to avoid contact with sick and dead poultry, as well as live poultry, and pay attention to hygiene.”
In March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses had been detected in 13 states among commercial and backyard poultry, as well as in wild birds of 14 states.
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