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In the midst of talk of 2024, DeSantis leans into the COVID-19 treatment fight

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In the midst of speculation about a possible presidential run in 2024, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is launching a new front in his battle with President Biden over COVID-19 policies, this time over the administration's decision to restrict the use of two monoclonal antibody treatments for the virus.

Despite evidence that antibody treatments are ineffective against the omicron variant that is currently sweeping the country, DeSantis has increased his criticism of the decision in recent days, describing it as a form of "medical authoritarianism" that severely restricts the choices of those infected with COVID-19.

So far, the White House has ignored DeSantis' critique, emphasising the importance of immunizations and booster injections in combating the variation.

The struggle with the Biden administration over antibody therapies is the latest attempt by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to carve himself a separate political lane ahead of a possible White House candidacy. DeSantis rose to prominence among conservatives as a vocal opponent of federal COVID-19 policy.

27 Jan 2022


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