Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pledged to 'fight like hell' after the Biden administration moved to ration the use of monoclonal antibodies following a sharp spike in popularity in the drug therapy to treat COVID-19.
'I will fight like hell to overcome Biden’s cruel decision to drastically reduce lifesaving monoclonal antibody treatments for Floridians,' DeSantis wrote on Twitter Thursday night.
'We've seen steep reductions in hospital admissions due to early treatment efforts. It’s wrong to penalize Florida for his partisan bitterness.'
Earlier the same day he went after Biden and his Health and Human Services Department (HHS) at a press conference in Fort Lauderdale.
'We’ve been thrown a curveball here with this really huge cut from HHS and the Biden administration,' he told reporters.
He said the state's supply has been slashed by half.
The White House is tightening its grip on the critical drug just days after Biden pledged to expand access to it when he announced his sweeping new vaccine rules.
DeSantis said the Biden administration cut Florida's supply of monoclonal antibodies by half
He reiterated his criticisms of Biden on Twitter later that same night
HHS announced on Monday that US health officials will be distributing the country's supply of monoclonal antibodies to each state based on perceived need.
Previously states and healthcare centers were able to order supply at will, but a recent surge in demand has fueled concerns of an imminent shortage.
'Transitioning to a state/territory-coordinated distribution system gives health departments maximum flexibility to get these critical drugs where they are needed most,' HHS said.
Earlier this week the federal government secured deals to buy a total of nearly 2 million more doses of COVID antibody therapies from Eli Lilly & Co. and Regeneron.
But in the immediate future, the new rules almost certainly mean that some of the states