FLORIDA – According to reports, the FDA has stripped the emergency use authorizations for two monoclonal antibody treatments that have been used to treat early cases of COVID, prompting a scathing response from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the state’s health department.

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On January 24th, the Florida Department of Health issued a statement regarding the FDA’s decision to pull the rug out from underneath the two widely used monoclonal antibody treatments, claiming the agency did so “without any advanced notice.”

“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 Florida Department of Health said. “The revised EUAs do not allow providers to administer these treatments within the United States.”

The announcement from the state health department further explained that as a result of the FDA’s decision, they will have to close all monoclonal antibody state treatment sites “until further notice” which the department laments due to the FDA not having provided “clinical evidence” to support the ending of the EUAs.

Per the FDA’s announcement, without citing any specific study, the claim was made that monoclonal antibody treatments “are highly unlikely to be active against the omicron variant.” The pulling of the EUAs was justified because “the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to account for more than 99% of cases in the United States as of Jan. 15.”

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Despite the assertions put forward by the FDA attempting to justify the move, Governor DeSantis took to Twitter to slam the agency, highlighting that they’ve pulled “lifesaving” treatments in the absence of presenting “a shred of clinical data” that would rationalize their decision.

“Without a shred of clinical data to support its decision, the Biden Administration has revoked the emergency use authorization for lifesaving monoclonal antibody treatments.”

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In a report from ABC News essentially coming to the defense of the FDA, the outlet tried to portray a silver lining to the debacle by promoting “alternate therapies to battle early COVID-19 cases” that have been crafted by none other than Big Pharma manufacturers “Pfizer and Merck.”

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