The FDA ended emergency-use authorization for monoclonal antibodies, because apparently they aren’t effective against the omicron variant. You can probably guess who completely lost their shit because their ego and narrow political self-interest is vastly more important than the health of their constituents:
The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it would halt emergency-use authorizations for two monoclonal antibody therapies, one made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and one by Eli Lilly. At least with these monoclonal antibodies, unlike hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, there was evidence they were once quite effective; that’s just not the situation we find ourselves in at this point.
The FDA decision has led to a vehement outcry from some on the right, including the Republican who has most forcefully promoted monoclonal antibodies: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis said Monday that President Biden “has forced medical pros to choose treating their patients or breaking the law.”
The governor added Tuesday morning, “Without a shred of clinical data to support its decision, the Biden Administration has revoked the emergency use authorization for lifesaving monoclonal antibody treatments.”
DeSantis’s criticism has been cheered and echoed by many on the right, including Fox News’s Sean Hannity.
Going quite a bit further, DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw on Monday night even promoted a claim by a conservative conspiracy theorist that “the FDA is trying to make it so that people in Florida die of Covid. They’ll kill people to harm Republicans.” By Tuesday morning, she promoted another baseless claim that the decision was made “so Fauci-Pfizer can get a few extra points in the stock market.”
If there was any justice in the world, both Pushaw and DeSantis would have spontaneously combusted as soon as she retweeted the “kill people to harm Republicans” thing, given that perhaps no single person has done more to kill people and harm Republican voters to promote his own ambitions than Ron DeSantis.
I suppose it goes without saying that his assertions about the FDA are total bullshit:
Similarly, despite DeSantis’s claim that there is not “a shred of clinical data to support” the FDA’s decision, there is significant data on the monoclonal antibodies’ lack of effectiveness against the omicron variant in a laboratory setting.
As Nature reported more than a month ago, preliminary studies suggested that monoclonal antibody therapies, including the ones the FDA has now halted, showed virtually no efficacy against the omicron variant.
You know, I’m beginning to think that America’s Beloved COVID Governor is not terribly concerned about the health of his constituents after all.